Presents some interim results, by way of an attempt to evaluate the football industry’s Modern Apprenticeship scheme, which was introduced in 1998. Theoretical context is provided by the debate between advocates of human capital theory as opposed to those favouring screening theory. Relevant policy considerations are provided by the PFA, who are concerned about the high attrition rates witnessed in the industry. Data are presented from two years’ worth of research into the progress shown by some 22 trainees, spread across three clubs playing in various divisions of the Nationwide League. The trainees were interviewed in situ, in the autumn of 1998 and again in 1999. Despite an attempt to improve college provision (compared to the former YT scheme), the results suggest that these apprentices are unlikely to maximise the opportunities afforded them.
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