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The longer the better? The impact of the 2012 apprenticeship reform in England on achievement and labour market outcomes

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Vahe Louis Nafilyan, Stefan Speckesser

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-214
Number of pages23
Early online date21 Feb 2019
Accepted/In press29 Jan 2019
E-pub ahead of print21 Feb 2019
PublishedJun 2019


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We analyse the effects of a 2012 reform, which increased the duration of many service sector apprenticeships, while leaving many other apprenticeships, including some in the service sector, unaffected. Using a Difference-in-Differences approach, we estimate the effect of this reform on apprenticeship starts, achievement, drop-out, employment and earnings. We find evidence for reduced apprenticeship starts, increased drop-out rates and reduced achievement of the qualification, but also significantly increased earnings, especially amongst achievers.

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