Recent Developments in West Germany's Apprenticeship Training System


In the mid-1980s the German apprenticeship scheme was facing what was possibly its most severe challenge. Whilst favourably regarded as a model for emulation by outsiders, its ability to deliver quality training to the large mass of school leavers was being called into question. By the end of the 1980s, however, the symptoms of crisis had largely disappeared. The consensus was becoming that the 'dual system' had passed the test, and that it had the potential to provide the country with the highly skilled workforce it needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

This publication reviews the developments of the 1980s and assesses the extent to which the optimistic conclusions drawn about the capabilities of the 'dual system' are justified.

Research supported by the Skills Unit of the Training Agency, Employment Department

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Casey, B. (1990) Recent Developments in West Germany's Apprenticeship Training System, Policy Studies Institute