Does work-based learning facilitate transitions to decent work? Employment Working Paper No. 242

This working paper examines the different forms of work-based learning -WBL- currently in operation, and takes stock of available data on the labour market impact of such schemes. It considers structured apprenticeships, internships, traineeships and other programmes that include a WBL component. The paper finds evidence of positive impacts of formal, structured WBL, and argues that future efforts should encourage engagement with private-sector firms in creating and expanding such structured opportunities for young people.

The paper was prepared by Paul Comyn and Laura Brewer of the Skills and Employability Branch of the Employment Policy Department of the ILO in consultation with Niall O’Higgins (YEP). Sinali Rumanthi Perera provided research assistance, Gillian Somerscales edited and Mariela Dyrberg formatted the paper; the excellent work of all of them is gratefully acknowledged.

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