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Large Employers and Apprenticeship Training in Britain

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  • Paul Ryan
  • Howard Gospel
  • Paul Lewis
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    We consider the link between apprenticeship and large employers in Britain, in terms of the contribution of apprenticeship to intermediate skills and the contribution of large employers to the Advanced Apprenticeship (AA) programme. Evidence is taken from interviews with managers in 28 organizations. We find that apprenticeship functions to only a limited extent outside AA, and then primarily because of the ineligibility of particular categories of trainee. The use that employers make of apprenticeship varies considerably, in association with its cost-effectiveness relative to recruitment and upgrade training within human resource management strategy, and with employers' evaluations of the technical content of AA qualifications. The prospects for increased sponsorship of apprenticeship by large organizations are curbed by the greater appeal of recruitment and upgrade training in various contexts. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2007.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (03)
    Pages: 127-153

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    Cited by:
    1. Jens Mohrenweiser & Thomas Zwick, 2008. "Why do Firms Train Apprentices? The Net Cost Puzzle Reconsidered," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0016, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU), revised Oct 2008.
    2. Paul Ryan, 2011. "Apprenticeship: between theory and practice, school and workplace," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0064, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU), revised Oct 2011.
    3. Jens Mohrenweiser, 2012. "Recruitment and Apprenticeship Training," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0073, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU), revised Aug 2013.
    4. Christian Dustmann & Uta Schönberg, 2007. "Apprenticeship Training and Commitment to Training Provision," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0032, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
    5. Christian Dustmann & Uta Sch�nberg, 2012. "What Makes Firm-Based Vocational Training Schemes Successful? The Role of Commitment," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 4(2), pages 36-61, April.

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