All VET systems require a functioning apprenticeship market. The various projects conducted in the research field «Choice of education and training programme and apprenticeship market» are intended to gain a clearer understanding of how the apprenticeship market works and to draw solid conclusions that can be used by policymakers and practitioners. For this, we carry out statistical-econometric analysis to study the processes that have an influence on the apprenticeship market as well as on school-based VET programmes and tertiary-level professional education.
We consider the role that companies play on the apprenticeship market, in particular the reasons that prompt them to provide apprenticeship training to young people as well as the costs incurred by host companies and the corresponding benefit derived from their involvement in apprenticeship training. We also conduct studies focussing on the learners themselves. Important areas include the choice of occupation, entry to the labour market, tertiary-level training options after completion of upper-secondary level VET, and individual career trajectories after entry into working life.