Experiencing pre-apprenticeships: Participants' views of a program with dual purposes

Erica Smith

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Abstract

Pre-apprenticeships, preparatory training off-the-job for entry into apprenticeships, have been in existence for several decades. Depending on the prevailing economic conditions, they have been asked to serve two major purposes: as labour market programs to discipline young unemployed people into the regime of study and work, and as one means of solving skill shortage problems in particular industries or the traditional trades in general. Research has previously focused mainly on their roles in succeeding in these purposes. There has, however, been little empirical research into the experiences of the participants themselves. This paper reports on part of a national project on pre-apprenticeships carried out during 2005-6. As part of this project, students in a number of courses in two States were surveyed about their experiences in their courses, and two longitudinal case studies were carried out, in different industry areas. The research revealed important differences among locations and among industry areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution, revolution or status quo? The new context for VET
Place of PublicationCrows Nest, NSW, Australia
PublisherAVETRA
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAustralian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Conference - Victoria University, Footscray Park, Vic, Australia, Australia
Duration: 11 Apr 200713 Apr 2007

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Conference
CountryAustralia
Period11/04/0713/04/07

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