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Is Germany's Dual System Still a Model for Canadian Youth Apprenticeship Initiatives?


  • Wolfgang Lehmann


Many Canadian provinces have introduced youth apprenticeship initiatives to facilitate transitions into the labour market. As the German dual system is often considered a model for such initiatives, this paper attempts to introduce a critical perspective on issues affecting the system's future. Economic restructuring, work reorganization, changing hiring practices, and young people's increasing preference toward higher education form the main challenges for the dual system. The review of recent debates about the German dual system suggests that youth apprenticeship initiatives in Canada need to provide students with career options that are more transparent while at the same time maintaining or increasing flexibility in the transition process.

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  • Wolfgang Lehmann, 2000. "Is Germany's Dual System Still a Model for Canadian Youth Apprenticeship Initiatives?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 26(2), pages 225-240, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:26:y:2000:i:2:p:225-240

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