Innovation Skills in Apprentice Training

  • Ludger DeitmerEmail author
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Product and process innovations are of ultimate importance for a long-lasting enterprise competitiveness. Across all branches and services, innovations can be understood as changing the functionality, performance of products, and quality of services including the way they are produced. An important difference between innovations is that of radical versus incremental innovation. Whereas radical innovation is basic and of disruptive character and is based on paradigmatic change of the current technology concept, incremental innovations are of smaller scale and take place concurrently on the basis during work processes. While reflecting on innovation skills for apprentices, it can be stated that incremental innovations could be given into the hands of workers, foremen, and apprentices. Assuming that different in-company training pathways of apprentices are possible, the development of innovation skills toward incremental improvements on product, as well as production processes, could be brought into reality.

But many companies fail to do so because they miss specific vocational development know-how on the level of their vocational trainers. The quality of the products could be improved while a productive manufacturing is in place. But why is it useful that this starts already on apprentice level? Why should they learn things which go beyond the traditional demarcation beyond engineering and production areas? Why is it important of being creative on making incremental improvements within the work process? Under which framework conditions could achievements in apprenticeship training be found and developed further?


Apprenticeship Assessment of work-based learning Trainers Quality Cost and return Incremental innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute Technology and EducationUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Pavlova
    • 1
  • Salim Akoojee
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The Education University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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