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Training young people through a school/enterprise partnership: a longitudinal study

Peter J. Smith (Peter J. Smith is Senior Lecturer in Professional Education and Training at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.)
John Henry (John Henry is the Team Leader for Professional Education and Training, at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.)
Graeme Munro (Graeme Munro is VET in Schools Coordinator at Gordon Institute of TAFE, Victoria, Australia.)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Publication date: 1 September 2002


This paper reports a longitudinal study of 58 students who undertook an engineering traineeship concurrent with their final two years of secondary school. The student experience was planned as a partnership arrangement between a manufacturing enterprise, a secondary school, and a post‐secondary technical education institution. Results are discussed in terms of completion of studies, employment and career pathways, employment outcomes, and post‐traineeship employment destinations. Both the quantitative and qualitative data indicate that participants have benefited significantly in each area investigated. The significance of the program in developing propositional, procedural, and dispositional workplace knowledge is also discussed.



Smith, P.J., Henry, J. and Munro, G. (2002), "Training young people through a school/enterprise partnership: a longitudinal study", Education + Training, Vol. 44 No. 6, pp. 281-289.




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