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What drives the intentions of crafts apprentices to change their employer or occupation? An empirical study in the crafts sector


  • Robert Wagner

    () (Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH)

  • Maximilian Wolf

    (aprimano consulting GmbH)


This paper combines for the first time several job satisfaction dimensions such as occupational enjoyment, job security, financial attractiveness, working conditions, and social relations and estimates their impact on the intention of crafts apprentices to leave their training firm or occupation. Different from previous analyses, we do not just estimate the intention for job mobility. We also consider the dimension of the intended change by taking into account whether crafts apprentices intend to change firm or also occupation. We find that occupational enjoyment and job security are the most important drivers for the intention to stay with the training firm. In contrast to other studies, monetary incentives do not drive the intention to leave the training firm or occupation. Our results have far reaching implications for the training firms and institutions in the craft sector concerning incentive systems, initial screening of apprentices, training of supervisors, further training as well as the improvement of the image of the industry in public through craft chambers.Length: 21 pages

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  • Robert Wagner & Maximilian Wolf, 2011. "What drives the intentions of crafts apprentices to change their employer or occupation? An empirical study in the crafts sector," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0060, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW), revised May 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0060

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    1. Böckerman, Petri & Ilmakunnas, Pekka, 2007. "Job disamenities, job satisfaction, quit intentions, and actual separations: putting the pieces together," MPRA Paper 3245, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Zwick Thomas & Mohrenweiser Jens, 2015. "Youth Unemployment After Apprenticeship Training and Individual, Occupation, and Training Employer Characteristics," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 235(4-5), pages 418-432, August.

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