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The Returns to Apprenticeship Training


  • Steven McIntosh


This paper uses recent data from the UK Labour Force Survey to estimate the wage gains thatindividuals make on average if they complete an apprenticeship programme. The resultssuggest gains of around 5-7% for men, but no benefit for women. Further analysis extendsthe results by considering the returns by age group, by qualification obtained, by highest priorqualification and by industrial sector. A key finding emerging from this further analysis is theimportance of acquiring qualifications with the apprenticeship, at level 3 or above.

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  • Steven McIntosh, 2004. "The Returns to Apprenticeship Training," CEP Discussion Papers dp0622, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0622

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    1. Hilary Steedman, 2001. "Benchmarking Apprenticeship: UK and Continental Europe Compared," CEP Discussion Papers dp0513, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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    1. Riphahn, Regina T. & Zibrowius, Michael, 2015. "Apprenticeship, Vocational Training and Early Labor Market Outcomes in East and West Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 8901, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Boothby, Daniel & Drewes, Torben, 2010. "Returns to Apprenticeship in Canada," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2010-36, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 28 Dec 2010.
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    4. Powdthavee, Nattavudh & Vignoles, Anna, 2006. "Using rate of return analyses to understand sector skill needs," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19408, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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    apprenticeship; wage equations;

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    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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