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Support from teachers and trainers in vocational education and training: the pathways to career aspirations and further career development

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Hofmann, Claudia; Stalder, Barbara E.; Tschan, Franziska; Häfeli, Kurt

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Abstract Transition from school to work is a challenging period for young people with learning difficulties. In the dual vocational system of Switzerland, teachers at vocational educational and training (VET)-schools, as well as trainers at VETcompanies,provide important support. We were interested in the different pathways from this support to apprentice’s career aspirations and further training. Structural equation modelling was used to analyse data from a longitudinal study in four occupational sectors. Results show that VET-teacher support is directly and indirectly related to career aspirations at the end of the apprenticeship, whereas VET-trainer support influences career aspirations only indirectly. Domain specific constructs (ability self-concept at VET-school, skill variety at the VET-company)and self-esteem are important as intermediary variables. Ability self-concept at VET-school had a strong influence on further education three years after the apprenticeship.
Keywords teacher; vocational education; Switzerland; adolescent; part-time vocational school; course of education; school success; dual system; learning difficulty; apprenticeship; training
Classification Occupational Research, Occupational Sociology; Macroanalysis of the Education System, Economics of Education, Educational Policy
Free Keywords Übergang Schule-Beruf; School-to-work transition; special educational needs; social support; vocational education and training; longitudinal study
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 1-20
Journal International journal for research in vocational education and training, 1 (2014) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.1.1.5
ISSN 2197-­8646
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works