University of Fribourg, Teacher Training for Upper-Secondary Education Division
Lead researcher: Prof. Franz Baeriswyl
Duration: 01.04.2013 - 30.11.2015
The research project ‘Fit for the Job' explores the career decisions of graduates of the VET programme in commerce. This transition from apprenticeship to employment is not always problem-free.
This research project seeks to produce knowledge regarding how individual factors associated with learners and host companies respectively encourage a successful transition at the end of the VET programme. The project will focus on the following research questions:
- Career decisions. What individual factors explain the transition from completion of VET programmes to employment?
- Successful entry to labour market. What individual factors explain the various determinants of successful entry to the labour market in the first year after completion of VET programmes?
- Characteristics of host companies. What host company characteristics explain the decision to hire learners after completion of their VET programme?
- Suitability between host company - Learner. What host company characteristics and what individual factors encourage suitability between host company and learner?
Initial findings show that 40% of learners do not have any certain employment prospects upon completion of their VET programme and perceive the search for employment after their apprenticeship to be a source of concern. Further analysis of research questions will take place in the second half of the project, which has just started.