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Emmenegger, Patrick; Graf, Lukas; Trampusch, Christine – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2019
Collective training systems are based on the cooperation of multiple public and private stakeholders in order to work. However, such cooperation is not self-sustaining and depends, for instance, on public policies, capable intermediary organisations and shared logics of action. In this conceptual paper, we first review the political economy…
Descriptors: Cooperative Education, Administrative Organization, Educational Research, Governance
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Holmgren, R.; Haake, U.; Söderström, T. – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2019
This article presents an analysis of a five-year study on the implementation of a technology-supported distance programme in Swedish firefighter training. Based on activity theory and four interview studies, the attention is directed to firefighter instructors' perceptions and use of digital technologies with a focus on challenges, contradictions…
Descriptors: Fire Protection, Fire Science Education, Distance Education, Electronic Learning
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Baumeler, Carmen; Lamamra, Nadia – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2019
The primary function of any firm is not to train but to produce goods and services. However, firms in collective skill formation systems, such as those in Switzerland, train apprentices in 'dual' vocational education and training programmes, where the firms become important educational actors. Generally, all training firms are coined by their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Small Businesses, Workplace Learning, Vocational Education
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Duemmler, Kerstin; Felder, Alexandra; Caprani, Isabelle – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2018
This article investigates how Swiss retail apprentices construct their occupational identities under modern workplace affordances. The Swiss retail sector has become more competitive in recent decades; as a consequence, retail businesses look for skilled and responsible employees who are flexible in regard to work tasks and schedules. The article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Identification (Psychology), Retailing
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Imdorf, Christian – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Children of immigrants from non-EU countries face particular problems to access apprenticeship training in German-speaking countries. In this context this article asks how recruiters in small and medium sized companies (SME) make sense of national and ethnic origin when hiring new apprentices. The author proposes Boltanski and Thévenot's theory of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Personnel Selection, Apprenticeships
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Graf, Lukas – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2016
Austria, Germany and Switzerland are renowned for their extensive systems of collective vocational skill formation, which, however, have developed largely in separation from higher education. This divide has become increasingly contested as a result of a variety of socioeconomic factors that have led to an increasing demand for higher level…
Descriptors: Models, Cross Cultural Studies, Vocational Education, Higher Education
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Forsblom, Lara; Negrini, Lucio; Gurtner, Jean-Luc; Schumann, Stephan – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2016
In the Swiss vocational education system, which is often called a "Dual System", trainees enter into an apprenticeship contract with a training company. On average, 25% of those contracts are terminated prematurely (PCT). This article examines the relationship between training companies' selection methods and PCTs. The investigation is…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Vocational Education, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
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Sappa, Viviana; Choy, Sarojni; Aprea, Carmela – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2016
Learning through active participation and engagement in education and workplace settings is a prerequisite for effective professional competence development through Vocational Education and Training (VET). Equally important is that learning from multiple sites and sources needs to be purposefully connected and integrated to construct meaningful…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Vocational Education, Competency Based Education, Comparative Analysis
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Schwendimann, Beat A.; Cattaneo, Alberto A. P.; Zufferey, Jessica Dehler; Gurtner, Jean-Luc; Bétrancourt, Mireille; Dillenbourg, Pierre – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2015
Vocational education taking place in the dual contexts of workplace and school often lacks integration of concrete experiences with theoretical knowledge. The interplay between workplace and school contexts and their often antagonistic priorities call for a specific model that transforms these divergences into learning opportunities and connects…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Educational Technology, Models
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Brahm, Taiga; Euler, Dieter; Steingruber, Daniel – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
The transition from school to vocational education and training is becoming more difficult for an increasing number of adolescents. Despite the growing significance of "interim solutions" (IS) shaping the pathway after compulsory education, there is hardly any research. This study aims at contributing to this research gap by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Transitional Programs, Adolescents
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Hippach-Schneider, Ute; Weigel, Tanja; Brown, Alan; Gonon, Philipp – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2013
The German and Swiss economies value skilled work highly and initial vocational education and training (IVET) has been the predominant traditional pathway into such work. However, concerns about a more "knowledge-based society" and the "academic shift in the labour market" are starting to undermine the status associated with…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Bachelors Degrees, Program Descriptions, Comparative Education
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Boldrini, Elena; Cattaneo, Alberto – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2013
Research has demonstrated that the use of worked-out examples to present errors has great potential for procedural knowledge acquirement. Nevertheless, the identification of errors alone does not directly enhance a deep learning process if it is not adequately scaffolded by written self-explanations. We hypothesised that in learning a professional…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Error Patterns, Video Technology, Teaching Methods
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Imdorf, Christian; Leemann, Regula J. – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2012
This study investigates whether occupational training networks enable the selection of apprentices to be less discriminatory. Training networks are a new organisational form of VET that is becoming increasingly widespread in Switzerland, as well as in Germany and Austria. In the Swiss model, an intermediary lead organisation recruits the…
Descriptors: Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Apprenticeships, Vocational Education, Networks
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Pilz, Matthias – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2012
This article considers the modularisation of initial vocational training (including apprenticeships) as a modernisation strategy in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Training systems are similarly structured in these three countries with the apprenticeship system at their heart, and the three national philosophies of education and training are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Educational Change, Apprenticeships
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Kammermann, Marlise; Stalder, Barbara E.; Hattich, Achim – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2011
Educational policy is asked to support young people in their successful transition from education to employment. In Switzerland, a two-year apprenticeship with Federal VET Certificate was established in 2002 aimed at increasing the employability of low-achieving school leavers. It is a low-threshold VET programme offering standardised vocational…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, Apprenticeships, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries
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