Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance

What is apprenticeship?

McDonald’s aim was to provide up to 6000 apprenticeships in 2009, and then up to 10,000 per year from 2010. This will make McDonald’s the UK’s largest government-supported apprenticeship provider. At the heart of this paper are three questions: what is an apprenticeship, is what McDonald’s aims to offer equivalent to an apprenticeship, and should taxpayers be funding a notion of apprenticeship that seeks to certify training already undertaken by the employer?


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