Willingness of Swiss companies to provide training 1985-2008
The willingness of companies to provide apprenticeship training is a heavily discussed topic at a time where there are few apprenticeships available. Against this background, the project aims to describe how the involvement of Swiss companies in apprenticeship training has changed and to explain the reasons for this. The data gathered from the FSO’s Federal Business Census of 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2008 are used for this purpose. These include the question of how many apprentices are employed by the company. The existing information contained in the Federal Business Census data regarding company characteristics such as company size, sector and region are supplemented by information from other data sources regarding demographic developments in the cohorts of young people, the proportion that have completed the Swiss Academic Baccalaureate (Maturitätszeugnis), regional educational provision and economy.
This consists of a secondary analysis of existing data sources, primarily the Federal Business Census (complete census for 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001 , 2005 and 2008). These data will be supplemented by data taken from the statistics regarding pupils and students gathered by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and GDP data.
The involvement of companies in apprenticeship training (provide apprenticeship training yes/no) and the intensity of apprenticeship training (ratio of the number of apprentices to the number of employees in the company) are analysed on a cross-sectional and longitudinal basis using various multivariate econometric methods (Probit, OLS, Fixed-Effects, Oaxaca-Blinder and Fairlie decompositions).
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Bundesamt für Statistik (BfS)