Description

An apprenticeship or an in-company learning period, as part of a vocational education and training (VET) programme, helps young people prepare for working life. Employers expect learners to show motivation and commitment, as well as certain behaviours and attitudes. Learners may be in client-facing situations which requires a certain degree of maturity and self-control.

This is a significant change when compared to a school environment. Many learners, in particular those who are younger and those with a history of absenteeism or discipline issues, may not be sufficiently prepared. Insufficient work readiness can be a reason for early apprenticeship contract termination, or for learners’ disengagement and drop out.

The vocational education and training system can support learners to ensure a successful transition into in-company training.

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