ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Apprenticeship in France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland: Comparisons and trends
Extensive apprenticeship programmes are not the universal solution to tackle youth unemployment and mismatches between the education system and the labour market. The precise relative merits of apprenticeship have proven hard to establish, and programmes are not easily transferable from one country to another because each has a specific place and function as an element of the wider national transition system. An analysis of apprenticeship in France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland, based on a comparative dataset integrating national school leaversí surveys, shows significant differences in the role and position of apprenticeship. In the Netherlands and France apprenticeship is an alternative for school-based vocational education and trains for a wide range of occupations, in Scotland and especially Ireland apprenticeship is a form of post-school training and more limited to skilled manual jobs in crafts. The differences and the developments over time show a variety that can be exploited in life-long learning strategies.
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer01.htm].