How Youngsters Fare After Dropping Out of Apprenticeship - A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis

The study on “How Youngsters Fare After Dropping Out of Apprenticeship” is a follow-up to the project “Drop out of Dual-Track Vocational Education and Training”. It involves getting in touch again with the persons interviewed in the previous study, i.e. 46 youngsters having prematurely stopped their apprenticeship, in order to assess their current situation.

Rido / Fotolia

We seek to answer the three following research questions: What course do youngsters follow after stopping their apprenticeship? How do they feel about this period? To which strategies and resources do they turn?

This research has various objectives. The task is first to find out the current situation of youngsters having prematurely interrupted VET (in training, in employment, unemployed, etc.). Secondly, we shall attempt to better understand the processes at play during the period from the dropout until the present time (the various stages, psychological processes involved, support networks, etc.). Thirdly, we intend to check the validity of certain hypotheses put forward in the framework of the “Drop out of Dual-Track VET” project. Finally, we shall open avenues for reflection in terms of vocational integration and school-to-work transition.




Qualitative research based on analysis of semi-directive interviews of those youngsters having accepted a further meeting. Two types of analyses will be performed: a descriptive analysis (state of play) based on both the interviews and the questionnaires, and a content analysis (processes, strategies, resources) based on the transcribed interviews.

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