Date of Award

Summer 2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

STEM and Professional Studies

Program/Concentration

Occupational and Technical Studies

Committee Director

John M. Ritz

Committee Member

Philip A. Reed

Committee Member

Alok K. Verma

Abstract

To remain globally competitive, U.S. companies need to consider new strategies for developing a workforce. The apprenticeship model has been identified as a viable solution for companies to invest. The problem of this study was to determine if an apprenticeship experience was enhanced by the type of supervision given during the work-related component of a program. To aid current and potential companies offering apprenticeship programs, this study identified a population of apprentices (N = 877), tracked them from entry into the program until five years after graduating, and analyzed their outcomes relative to program completion, academic GPA, work-related GPA, company longevity, and company promotion between those apprentices that were supervised under three unique supervision conditions. Finding significant differences between supervision type relative to completion, academic and work-related GPA's, and promotion, the study concluded that the apprenticeship experience was enhanced by the type of supervision given during the work-related component of the program.

DOI

10.25777/gzfy-xd38

ISBN

9781339126784

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