Large Employers and Apprenticeship Training in Britain

27 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2007

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Paul Ryan

King's College London - Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy

Howard Gospel

King's College London - The Management Centre

Paul A. Lewis

King's College London

Abstract

We consider the link between apprenticeship and large employers in Britain, in terms of the contribution of apprenticeship to intermediate skills and the contribution of large employers to the Advanced Apprenticeship (AA) programme. Evidence is taken from interviews with managers in 28 organizations. We find that apprenticeship functions to only a limited extent outside AA, and then primarily because of the ineligibility of particular categories of trainee. The use that employers make of apprenticeship varies considerably, in association with its cost-effectiveness relative to recruitment and upgrade training within human resource management strategy, and with employers' evaluations of the technical content of AA qualifications. The prospects for increased sponsorship of apprenticeship by large organizations are curbed by the greater appeal of recruitment and upgrade training in various contexts.

Suggested Citation

Ryan, Paul and Gospel, Howard and Lewis, Paul Andrew, Large Employers and Apprenticeship Training in Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 127-153, March 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=963796 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2007.00605.x

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