Updated: Jul 21
Apprenticeships are a powerful tool to foster labour integration and stimulate continuous learning in the workplace. They are a recognised means by which young people are trained through a balanced combination of theoretical and practical training components. They are driven by market demand, aimed at developing the skills of the apprentice to meet the needs of the industry and today’s job market.
Apprenticeships are also strategically important for the private sector. The model establishes a solid and sustainable recruitment pipeline, giving businesses the chance to try out a potential future pool of employees, while teaching the apprentices company specific skills and practices.
In a landmark collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos, and funding from the U.S. Department of Labor[i], GAN Argentina launched last Thursday, 21 May, the "Apprenticeships for Young People in Businesses" report.
The study was carried out to assess how both apprentices and company representatives are participating and considering the Training for Work programme driven by the Argentine Secretary of Employment for the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, that was launched in 2007 and promotes apprenticeship programmes, in partnership with the private sector. The report shows that the Argentine private sector is increasingly recognising its role to build a skilled and sustainable workforce and shows how young participants in the Training for Work programme consider apprenticeships as a way to cement the foundations of their future. The document provides a unique insight into the current drivers, practices, and opportunities, while proposing recommendations for improvements to the continuous implementation of apprenticeships programs.
1. Of the total of young people interviewed, 44% were unemployed prior to starting the apprenticeship, 2% were inactive, and 38% were employed under a contract, of which 47% were not registered; while 16% were self-employed. Almost all temporary work was unregistered. Therefore, for most of the interviewees, joining the Training for Work programme was their first experience at a registered business.
2. All young people interviewed say they are having or had (depending on whether they are currently participating in the program or have done so previously) a person at the company who guides/supervises them while undertaking tasks on a daily basis.
3. The labour integration outlook is positive: 89% of the interviewed youth would consider a possibility of obtaining employment at the business where they are undertaking their apprenticeship. In terms of self-perception and prospects, most of the interviewed youth perceive their employment situation to be better at the completion of the apprenticeship.
4. As for the private sector’s engagement, 67% of the employers interviewed have stated they joined the Training for Work programme to train apprentices, with the aim of later on-boarding them within their business.
5. Finally, on a scale of 1-10, the average apprentice’s performance has been rated 7.5 points.
[i] For GAN Argentina, funding is provided by the USDOL under cooperative agreement number IL-29557-16-75-K-1. This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies on the USDOL, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.