The longer the better? The impact of the 2012 apprenticeship reform in England on achievement and labour market outcomes
Vahé Nafilyan, King’s Business School, King’s College London, United Kingdom ; Stefan Speckesser, Centre for Vocational Education Research, United Kingdom
Economics of Education Review Volume 70, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
We analyse the effects of a 2012 reform, which increased the duration of many service sector apprenticeships, while leaving many other apprenticeships, including some in the service sector, unaffected. Using a Difference-in-Differences approach, we estimate the effect of this reform on apprenticeship starts, achievement, drop-out, employment and earnings. We find evidence for reduced apprenticeship starts, increased drop-out rates and reduced achievement of the qualification, but also significantly increased earnings, especially amongst achievers.
Nafilyan, V. & Speckesser, S. (2019). The longer the better? The impact of the 2012 apprenticeship reform in England on achievement and labour market outcomes. Economics of Education Review, 70(1), 192-214. Elsevier Ltd.