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The Success of Learnerships?: Lessons from South Africa's Training and Education Programme

Neil Rankin (), Gareth Roberts and Volker Schöer ()

No wp-2014-068, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Vocational training programmes, like South Africa's learnership programme, which combine classroom learning and on-the-job training seem like the type of intervention which can create skills, get young people into jobs quicker, and reduce youth unemployment. This paper uses a longitudinal dataset of young people over four years?some of whom participate in the learnership programme?and firm level data to assess whether the programme meets its objectives, and based on this draws lessons for similar programmes in other countries.

Keywords: Education; Human capital; Unemployment; Vocational guidance; Youth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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