Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90018
Authors: 
Polidano, Cain
Tabasso, Domenico
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7633
Abstract: 
In OECD countries, 'real world' upper-secondary vocational education and training (VET) programs are used to engage less academically oriented youth in learning, while helping to prepare them for post-school work and/or further training. In general terms, VET programs with high employer involvement, such as apprenticeship schemes, are considered to be superior to classroom-based VET programs that are typically found in many English-speaking countries. In this study, we examine outcomes from a potential 'third way': classroom-based VET with a short-term structured workplace learning component. Using propensity score matching and PISA data linked to information from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth, we find time in workplace learning is associated with higher school completion rates and better employment transitions.
Subjects: 
educational economics
vocational education and training
workplace learning
JEL: 
I20
J01
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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