Skill formation, career planning, and transitions : the last two years in a German lower track secondary school


Fitzenberger, Bernd ; Licklederer, Stefanie


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/36659
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-366597
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 14-026
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: I20 , J24,
Keywords (English): School-to-work transition , lower track secondary schools , vocational training , career guidance
Abstract: In Germany, the entry into the labor market for students in the nonacademic tracks of secondary schools may take multiple pathways. Students graduating from lower track secondary schools (LTSS) face major problems in school-towork transitions, prompting the provision of intensive career guidance in school. In a case study for the City of Freiburg, this paper analyzes skill formation, career guidance, and the first transition after graduation for LTSS students in the late 2000s. We find that only about 10% of LTSS students start an apprenticeship immediately after graduation. Instead, about half of the LTSS students, typically those with better school grades, participate in additional general teaching (AGT) and rather enter further schooling than an apprenticeship. In addition, the majority of students with poor school grades continue with pre-vocational training. The latter group involves a large share of male students with a migration background. Our findings show a large heterogeneity among LTSS students, most visible in the division between students with and without AGT. Furthermore, characteristics observable at the end of grade 7 have a strong predictive power on the transition after graduation, and focusing career guidance on the immediate start of an apprenticeship after graduation may be misplaced.

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Fitzenberger, Bernd ; Licklederer, Stefanie (2014) Skill formation, career planning, and transitions : the last two years in a German lower track secondary school. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 14-026 [Working paper]
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