Employment Prospects and Skill Acquisition of Apprenticeship-Trained Workers in Germany

INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, July 1996

Posted: 25 Jun 1998

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Rainer Winkelmann

University of Zurich - Statistics and Empirical Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel for 1984-1990, the author analyzes the entrance of young individuals into the German labor market, comparing the experience of apprentices to that of graduates from universities, full-time vocational schools, and secondary schools. Apprentices experienced fewer unemployment spells in the transition to their first full-time employment than did non-apprentices. Among apprentices, those trained in large firms had the smoothest transition to employment; once employed, however, apprentices (whether they stayed in their training firm or not) and non-apprentices had similar job stability (tenure). An estimated 70% of apprenticeship trainees left their training firm within a five-year period. These findings are consistent with the view that apprenticeship training develops general, portable skills rather than firm-specific skills.

JEL Classification: I2, J24, J3, J6

Suggested Citation

Winkelmann, Rainer, Employment Prospects and Skill Acquisition of Apprenticeship-Trained Workers in Germany. INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, July 1996, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3036

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