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Apprenticeship and progression in the healthcare sector: can labour market theory illuminate barriers and opportunities in contrasting occupations

Fuller, Alison and Turbin, Jill and Wintrup, Julie (2014) Apprenticeship and progression in the healthcare sector: can labour market theory illuminate barriers and opportunities in contrasting occupations. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 66 (2). p. 156. ISSN 1363-6820. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

There is growing research and policy interest in the extent to which government supported Apprenticeship in England provides a platform for educational and career progression in different occupational sectors. This paper makes a contribution to this debate by presenting research on the healthcare sector undertaken in a regional health authority in England, and by suggesting that ideas associated with labour market theory can shed light on some of the key differences in Apprenticeship frameworks and the progression opportunities available in different kinds of healthcare occupations. The research included policy and documentary review as well as qualitative interviews with employers in NHS Trusts. More specifically, our analysis applies key characteristics of occupational and internal labour markets to show how Apprenticeship frameworks fit and reinforce variations in employment, training and career opportunities in two contrasting Advanced Apprenticeship frameworks; Clinical Healthcare Support and Pharmacy Services. We conclude that the labour market lens is useful in focusing attention on the structures and key stakeholder relationships which determine the development of vocational training and the barriers or opportunities for educational or career progression in diverse sectoral contexts and occupations across the economy.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: apprenticeship,, healthcare sector, progression, occupation, career, labour market theory, Social Sciences(all)
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 09:36
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:14
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