Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/142456
Authors: 
Leemann, Regula Julia
Imdorf, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) [ISSN:] 2197-8646 [Volume:] 2 [Issue:] 4 [Pages:] 284-307
Abstract: 
In training networks, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises pool their resources to train apprentices within the framework of the dual VET system, while an intermediary organisation is tasked with managing operations. Over the course of their apprenticeship, the apprentices switch from one training company to another on a (half-) yearly basis. Drawing on a case study of four training networks in Switzerland and the theoretical framework of the sociology of conventions, this paper aims to understand the reasons for the slow dissemination and reluctant adoption of this promising form of organising VET in Switzerland. The results of the study show that the system of moving from one company to another creages a variety of free-rider constellations in the distribution of the collectively generated corporative benefits. This explains why companies are reluctant to participate in this model. For the network to be sustainable, the intermediary organisation has to address discontent arising from free-rider problems while taking into account that the solutions found are always tentative and will often result in new free-rider problems.
Subjects: 
Vocational Education and Training
Inter-firm Cooperation
Training Networks
Cooporative VET
Initial VET
Dual VET
Case Studies
Sociology of Conventions
Switzerland
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
Document Type: 
Article

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