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The number of apprenticeships slumped more than 10% between 2000 and 2005, recovering only after the government threatened to compel companies to take more trainees.
Did the same thing happen in the 70's?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 06:43:09 AM EST
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The only discussion I can find is in a Dutch Central Planning Research Memorandum comparing German and Dutch apprenticeship systems (1995).

The author says there was a dip in the '70s then a rise in the '80s, that cannot be ascribed to demographic factors. (From points gleaned elsewhere, it's likely to be cyclical: companies pruning back in a downturn, then catching up).

1985-1995, the author says the decline is linked to demography. Afaik the decline has continued, leading to the government intervention in the mid-'00s that re-established the situation somewhat before the downturn.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 08:31:16 AM EST
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