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Reasons for non-completion among apprentices: The case of automotive trades of the informal sector in Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Donkor, F.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-02T08:52:43Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-02T08:52:43Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/13636820.2011.589534
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.uew.edu.gh/xmlui/handle/123456789/445
dc.description Published at Journal of Vocational Education and Training en_US
dc.description.abstract Apprenticeship plays a key role in the preparation of skilled trades people and as a pathway into labour markets. In the face of scarcity of resources, effectiveness and efficiency of apprenticeship become important. Attrition and retention in apprenticeship constitute important indicators of efficiency and effectiveness of the training system and are therefore legitimate issues of concern and investigation. This paper examines the reasons for non-completion of apprentices in automotive trades of the informal sector prior to Ghana's introduction of a National Apprenticeship Programme seeking to formalise the current informal apprenticeship system. The paper also reports on non-completers' desired interventions that could help prevent early exit. One-on-one interviews were conducted with 60 non-completers obtained through a snowballing process, either face-to-face or by telephone. The four largest urban centres in Ghana, namely Accra (and neighbouring Tema), Kumasi, Takoradi and Cape Coast were covered. Frequently mentioned reasons for non-completion included financial hardships, not getting on well with the boss or other people at the workplace, wrong career choice or loss of interest in the trade, being treated as cheap labour or being exploited, getting a new job, and bullying. To prevent early exit, the non-completers surveyed proposed some interventions that included financial support. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Apprenticeship; Automotive trades; Ghana; National Apprenticeship Programme; Non-completion en_US
dc.title Reasons for non-completion among apprentices: The case of automotive trades of the informal sector in Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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