Briefing : the role of higher-education apprenticeship in apprentices’ mental health and well-being

Umeokafor, Nnedinma (2021) Briefing : the role of higher-education apprenticeship in apprentices’ mental health and well-being. Management, Procurement and Law, ISSN (print) 1751-4304 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Abstract

The briefing article considers the roles of apprenticeship delivery features on the mental health and wellbeing (MHW) of apprentices in Higher Education, arguing that there is the need for empirical research in this area. This stems from the very little (if not no) attention that the area has received. Some of the recommended empirical investigations include whether the influence of the apprenticeship delivery features on the MHW of apprentices differ because of the differences in industries, for example, construction, environmental sciences and healthcare. If this is the case, to what extent is it applicable? There is also the need to understand the extent to which the personal characteristics of apprentices impact on their MHW. The study also shows that the MHW of apprentices is likely to improve if learning and teaching strategies in universities are better connected (or go hand-in-hand) with work-based learning or activities. However, this is subject to investigation. The proposed research will contribute to the limited knowledge in relation to the mental health of future professionals (including apprentices) that are currently studying in higher education institutions.

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