Analysis of leading countries points to defining features of world-class apprenticeships with lessons for the Middle East
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 29th 2016 – A new report has been released in the Middle East from the University of Derby, supported by Pearson, which looks at some of the world’s most heralded apprenticeship systems. The report is particularly useful for the Middle East, where many countries, such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, look to vocational education as a means through which economic diversification and reduced economic reliance on oil can be achieved.
The report’s main author, Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, interviewed some of the world’s leading apprenticeship reformers in countries such as Germany, Denmark, Australia and the Netherlands. The following characteristics are identified in the report as being particularly important for a strong apprenticeship system:
- extended apprenticeships of between three to four years;
- broad and in-depth scientific and industrial skills and knowledge;
- the presence of a ‘master’ in the company to train an apprentice;
- high-quality knowledge-based education and training;
- recognition through an occupational title on completion of the training;
- apprentices to acquire all the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in an occupation;
- apprentices to become skilled workers in an occupational area with a critical and creative approach; and
- progression routes into employment as well as into further education and training.