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Do firms benefit from apprenticeship investments?

Robert Lerman ()

IZA World of Labor, 2019, No 55v2, 55

Abstract: Economists have long believed that firms will not pay to develop occupational skills that workers could use in other, often competing, firms. Researchers now recognize that firms that invest in apprenticeship training generally reap good returns. Evidence indicates that financial returns to firms vary. Some recoup their investment within the apprenticeship period, while others see their investment pay off only after accounting for reduced turnover, recruitment, and initial training costs. Generally, the first year of apprenticeships involves significant costs, but subsequently, the apprentice's contributions exceed his/her wages and supervisory costs. Most participating firms view apprenticeships as offering certainty that all workers have the same high level of expertise and ensuring an adequate supply of well-trained workers to cover sudden increases in demand and to fill leadership positions.

Keywords: training; skills; apprenticeship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J44 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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