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Understanding the non-marketable benefits of apprenticeships in South African enterprises

Skills that Work Project Discussion Paper

This report details findings of research on the non-financial or non-marketable returns from apprenticeship training amongst a small sample of South African firms. The report describes the South African apprenticeship system, considers the literature on non-financial returns from apprenticeships and presents the research based on interviews and a survey involving 48 enterprises. The research found there was strong evidence of improved staff retention as a key benefit of apprenticeships to firms and that apprenticeships provide a future talent pipeline of skilled staff. The research found that apprenticeship programmes are seen as a way to reduce the risk associated with employing new staff. There was also some evidence of firms seeing an improved public image as a key benefit along with some evidence of an improved work climate and improved innovation as key benefits of apprenticeships.

Sources

ILO

Specify Source

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Country

South Africa

Economic Groups

Developing countries

Regions

Africa

Knowledge Products

Research papers and syntheses
Case studies and good practices

Sub Knowledge Products

Publication

Issues

Apprenticeships
Youth employability

Subject Tags

Apprenticeships
youth employment
youth
Skills mismatch
TVET systems
Access to training
Skills and training policy
Skills upgrading

Publication Date

10/2019
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