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The Trouble With Apprenticeship – And Some Success Stories

HR magazine’s first HR Lunchtime Debate, brought to you in Réapprentissage conjunction with Commsight (an Opinion Matters service), is an online TV show that brings together experts to discuss the whys and wherefores of setting up an apprenticeship scheme.

During the live debate you will hear from Jason Holt, CEO of the Holts Group, who led the Government’s employer review of boosting apprenticeships in SMEs and James Watts, vice president of HR and chief people officer for KFC UK & Ireland the first restaurant company to create an advance apprenticeship scheme.

via HR Magazine – Apprenticeships: navigating the minefield – join HR’s free live lunchtime debate.

Here are some of the Job Market Monitor posts on apprenticeship to prepare yourself for the HR Lunchtime Debate

UK | The Trouble With Apprenticeship – Do You Remember The Wolf Report ?

Apprenticeships face ‘identity crisis’, according to Forum of Private Business writes HR Magazine  The Forum of Private Business yesterday warned a group of MPs that apprenticeships are facing an ‘identity crisis’, with business owners in certain sectors concerned that shorter schemes do not provide the same value as longer courses. The Forum’s senior policy adviser Alex … Continue reading »

Canada | The Trouble With Apprenticeship | Completion Rate : overall completion rate was 4.9% in 2007

Skilled labour shortages are expected in Canada. Apprenticeship is seen by many as one of the best ways to provide for a supply of skills matching industry needs. The German model is praised around the world, exported and copied elsewhere. What about the system in Canada? Statistics Canada has published a study by Christine Laporte … Continue reading »

Technical and vocational education (TVE) | The what, the how much, the when & the who

Here are some statements extracted from a World Bank report by Arvil V. Adams entitled The Role of Youth Skills Development in the Transition to Work: A Global Review (2007) on commonly asked questions. A kind of reminder. Does TVE payoff? TVE does payoff under the right conditions. Evidence shows that TVE is more effective when focused … Continue reading »

Germany | Low Youth Unemployment

The protracted European debt crisis and austerity measures have made career prospects for many of the continent’s youth bleaker than ever. In Spain and Greece, nearly half of all those under age 25 are unemployed. But … that’s not the case in Germany. In stark contrast, Germany’s youth employment is the highest in Europe, with … Continue reading »

Germany | The roots of the German miracle – apprenticeship – is not the only factor

In a provocative paper, Hermann Gartner[i] and Christian Merkl[ii] attribute the so-called German miracle to its “wage moderation” that was the result of labour-market policies in the years preceding the global crisis – a point that is often ignored in the public debate. It could well be that apprenticeship is not the only factor. “While the US … Continue reading »

U.S. | Only 56 percent of college students complete four-year degrees within six years

“The American system for preparing young people to lead productive and prosperous lives as adults is clearly badly broken” according to the Pathways to Prosperity study by the in 20 Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Only 56 percent of college students complete four-year degrees within six years. Only 29 percent of those who start two-year degrees finish them within three …Continue reading »



  1. Pingback: Vocational and Technical Education Meet Parent Resistance « Job Market Monitor - July 17, 2012

  2. Pingback: UK – Record sum in vocational education « Job Market Monitor - July 20, 2012

  3. Pingback: German-Style Apprenticeships – Would it Work in the U.S.? « Job Market Monitor - July 21, 2012

  4. Pingback: German economic strength: Fewer hours, not particularly productive and less time at school « Job Market Monitor - August 17, 2012

  5. Pingback: UK / Penguin Books publisher to close apprenticeship unit: 5,000 apprentices and 500 jobs could be cut « Job Market Monitor - January 7, 2013

  6. Pingback: Apprenticeship / A driver for the most disadvantaged young people to gain employment « Job Market Monitor - January 11, 2013

  7. Pingback: US / Closing the Gap: German Skills Initiative hosted in Washington « Job Market Monitor - February 2, 2013

  8. Pingback: Canada / Failure to graduate enough tradespeople has been a constant for decades | Job Market Monitor - March 6, 2013

  9. Pingback: UK / A new framework for post-graduate level higher apprenticeship in professional services | Job Market Monitor - March 12, 2013

  10. Pingback: Compare attitude on Youth Unemployment and the Apprenticeship Gap | Job Market Monitor - May 9, 2013

  11. Pingback: Austria / Apprenticeship Program faces with a deficit of new apprentices | Job Market Monitor - May 29, 2013

  12. Pingback: Angela Merkel on Youth Unemployment / Preaching the merits of Germany’s dual system | Job Market Monitor - July 2, 2013

  13. Pingback: Germany’s Dual System / Just one-third school-leavers each year go to university | Job Market Monitor - July 4, 2013

  14. Pingback: Apprenticeships in US / Can lead to good jobs | Job Market Monitor - November 16, 2013

  15. Pingback: Apprenticeships in South Carolina / A German company is training students in skilled labor through the model | Job Market Monitor - December 23, 2013

  16. Pingback: Germany – A programme targeting 18 to 35 year olds young unemployed is shut | Job Market Monitor - April 14, 2014

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