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8 child terms

A period of long-term training substantially carried out within an undertaking and regulated by statutory law or custom according to an oral or written contract which imposes mutual obligations on the two parties concerned.
Source: UNESCO 1984, Global
A system of training which usually combines on-the-job training and work experience with institution-based training. It can be regulated by law or by custom.
Source: ILO 2006, Global
Systematic, long-term training alternating periods at the workplace and in an educational institution or training centre. The apprentice is contractually linked to the employer and receives remuneration (wage or allowance). The employer assumes responsibility for providing the trainee with training leading to a specific occupation.
Source: CEDEFOP 2008, Europe
A formal, structured programmed of vocational preparation, sponsored by an employer, that juxtaposes part-time off-the-job instruction with on-the-job training and work experience, leads to a recognized vocational qualification at craft or higher levels, and takes at least two years to complete.
Source: OECD 2009
A learning programme in respect of an officially listed trade, which includes a trade-test in respect of that trade.
Source: SAQA 2013, South Africa
A system of training regulated by law or custom which combines on-the-job training and work experience while in paid employment with formal off-the-job training. The apprentice enters into a contract of training or training agreement with an employer which imposes mutual obligations on both parties.
Source: Ministry of Labour 2005, Jordan

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