A Renaissance for Apprenticeship Learning and Its Implications for Transition Countries

  • Sören NielsenEmail author
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 18)


This chapter will discuss the contemporary ‘renaissance’ of apprenticeship on the backdrop of realities in transition countries. Learning organised as apprenticeship depends historically and culturally on a self-regulated social organisation. The chapter tries to identify the valuable ‘core’ of apprenticeship learning and then analyses how these core elements could be shaped to fit into the realities of countries in transition by pointing out guidelines for a new, creative VET reform strategy. On the basis of a critical analysis of the lack of substance in national qualifications frameworks, it is argued that learning processes must be given much more attention. New concepts like the learning landscape, pathways of learning and widening of the didactical ‘room’ are used to illuminate the design of such innovative reform steps. The chapter sums up the notion of the ‘renaissance’ of innovative apprenticeships and sketches the potential for positive implications on VET system ‘learning’ and ‘transmission’ (in particular school-to-work transition). An outline of a new European VET research field is finally presented.


Transition Country Workplace Learning Social Partnership Apprenticeship System National Qualification Framework 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Operations Department(ETF) – European Training FoundationTorinoItaly

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