Employers' Training of Young People

Hillage J, Atkinson J, Kersley B, Bates P | Research Report RR76 | Department for Education and Employment | Jul 1998

A study of training and development of young people, provided by employers outside government-funded training. It focuses on why employers choose to recruit young people, what roles they perform and with what skills; how employers nurture these skills, knowledge and experience, and how well employers find their approaches work. Much training is informal and little is long-term, but young recruits learn a lot in their first working years. Organisations with a positive training stance or a 'traineeship' model of young peoples' employment are more likely to use NVQs, or to record and accredit training, but employers vary markedly in the formality of their approach.

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