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Hanging in there: What makes a difference in the first year of an apprenticeship

by Angela Hill and Leanne Dalley-Trim

Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.1, pp.36-42.


A 2006 study of apprentices commencing with a Group Training Organisation in an Australian regional centre identified factors that appear to support apprentices in their first year. The research demonstrates that school subject selection and access to work-related experiences while still at school make an important difference to completion of the first year of an apprenticeship. Critically, however, first-year apprentices also require a supportive home life to offset negative work practices in some industry areas.

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