STRIVE’s Learning Series Report #2: Leveraging Apprenticeships to Reach and Benefit Vulnerable Youth

Jennifer Denomy, Scott Ruddick, Ben Fowler
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), MarketShare Associates, FHI 360
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Dec, 2013

This report summarizes findings from using an apprenticeship model to improve economic opportunities for vulnerable youth in Afghanistan. First, it finds that apprenticeships can be an effective pathway to employment, particularly for more vulnerable youth. Second, the construction sector offers opportunities for underskilled youth, particularly in a post-conflict context. Third, careful selection of subsectors can maximize benefits to apprentices. Fourth, workshop performance and growth may correlate with workshop size and owners’ education level and entrepreneurialism. Fifth, the incentives to hire apprentices may vary among firms within a single sub- sector. Sixth, social influences shape apprentices’ pathways to employment. Finally, apprenticeships teach vital skills but cannot address all youth learning needs.

Workforce Development
Asia, Southeast Asia, & the Pacific