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Varieties of institutional renewal: The case of apprenticeship in the US, England, and Australia

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-94
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
Volume73
Issue number1
Early online date12 Nov 2019
DOIs
Accepted/In press14 Oct 2019
E-pub ahead of print12 Nov 2019
Published1 Mar 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: We would like to acknowledge help from the US Department of Labor with the apprentice start statistics. We thank the JVET editor and the two anonymous reviewers for constructive comments. Also, we are grateful to Chiara Benassi, Marius Busemeyer, Gina di Maio, Lukas Graf, Hugh Guthrie, Hal Hansen, Andreas Kornelakis, John West, Chris Winch, Alison Wolf, Gerhard Schnyder, and Janis Vossiek for comments on earlier versions of the manuscript; and to the audience at the SASE annual meeting in 2019 for feedback, in particular Manuel Nicklich. Howard Gospel would like to thank the Leverhulme Trust for the award of the Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship in connection with this work. Funding Information: We would like to acknowledge help from the US Department of Labor with the apprentice start statistics. We thank the JVET editor and the two anonymous reviewers for constructive comments. Also, we are grateful to Chiara Benassi, Marius Busemeyer, Gina di Maio, Lukas Graf, Hugh Guthrie, Hal Hansen, Andreas Kornelakis, John West, Chris Winch, Alison Wolf, Gerhard Schnyder, and Janis Vossiek for comments on earlier versions of the manuscript; and to the audience at the SASE annual meeting in 2019 for feedback, in particular Manuel Nicklich. Howard Gospel would like to thank the Leverhulme Trust for the award of the Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship in connection with this work. Publisher Copyright: © 2019 The Vocational Aspect of Education Ltd. Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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Abstract

This study analyses attempts to renew apprenticeship over the last three decades in three liberal market economies—US, England, and Australia. We conceptualise institutional renewal as entailing both revival, or growth in apprentice starts, and extension, or widening its occupational base. The paper contributes to the literature by considering reasons for the attempted renewal and offering an assessment of the outcomes of renewal. It also contributes to research at the intersection of institutional and comparative training literature by developing the concept of institutional renewal and applying it to apprenticeship. It is concluded that in quantitative terms renewal had some success in England and Australia, but the effect of intervention is more uncertain in the US. The paper also identifies a paradox that policies to promote apprenticeships have undermined the quality of training in England and Australia, leading to questions about the sustainability of renewal.

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