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'I was just the boy around the place': what made apprenticeships successful?

Vickerstaff, Sarah (2007) 'I was just the boy around the place': what made apprenticeships successful? Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 59 (3). pp. 331-347. ISSN 1363-6820. (doi:10.1080/13636820701520369) (KAR id:6679)

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his article seeks to add to current policy and debate on apprenticeships and youth transitions more widely by reflecting back upon the historical experience of the apprenticeship model. The research comprises in‐depth interviews with 30 people who undertook apprenticeships in a range of trades in Great Britain in the period 1944–1982. The discussion focuses upon the socialisation aspects of apprenticeship and concludes that a key feature of good apprenticeships in the post‐ war period was that they offered a sheltered and extended period in which the young person was able to grow up and become job‐ready. Reconstructing the social, industrial, familial and community conditions that made this possible is very difficult in the contemporary period, although further work in oral history has considerable potential.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13636820701520369
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Sarah Vickerstaff
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2008 17:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:44 UTC
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