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Does extending the internship period in vocational schools of higher education lead to better employment results?: the case of Turkey

Elif Alp (Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey)
Oğuz Karadeniz (Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey)
Atalay Çağlar (Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey)
Emel İslamoğlu (Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 2 June 2022

Issue publication date: 10 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aids to examine the impact of extending the internship period on the transition from school to work of vocational school of higher education graduates and subsequent employment outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

Within the scope of the study, the results regarding the labour market of the vocational school students (experimental group) whose internship period were extended were compared with the results of the vocational school students (control group) whose internship period remained the same. Thus, it is provided to examine the effects of prolonging the internship period. The surveys were conducted five years after graduation.

Findings

The study found that increasing the duration of the internship period and making it a compulsory part of the curriculum facilitates the transition from school to work for graduates. Graduates who participate in the programme with a long internship period find a job in a shorter time and with higher wages than the control group. It is found that those in the experimental group with an extended internship period have higher employment rates and wage levels compared to those in the control group, five years after graduation.

Originality/value

Although there are publications, in the international literature, on the impact of internship, there are only few publications in which experimental and control groups are formed, as in this article. The second contribution of the study is to measure the impact of internship on employment outcomes five years after graduation. The third important contribution of the study is that it was conducted in Turkey, which has a young population and is an emerging market. This study contributes significantly to the restructuring of vocational higher education, especially in countries that are struggling with youth unemployment.

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Acknowledgements

This study is supported by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) with project number 218K619.

The questionnaire applied in the study was found to be ethical with the decision no. 9 at the meeting of the Sakarya University Ethics Committee dated 04.01.2017 and numbered 64.

Citation

Alp, E., Karadeniz, O., Çağlar, A. and İslamoğlu, E. (2023), "Does extending the internship period in vocational schools of higher education lead to better employment results?: the case of Turkey", Education + Training, Vol. 65 No. 3, pp. 357-381. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-11-2021-0418

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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