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Master of Science (MS)


Economics and Finance


Gary B. Hansen


The purpose of this study is to examine a sample of former Utah apprentices who either completed or dropped out of a registered apprenticeship program during the five-year period from 1969 to 1974. Comparisons were made between the dropouts and completers in order to determine how the two groups differed and what factors influenced their decisions to complete or cancel their indentures.

Significant differences were found between the two groups with respect to their opinions of the training they received as apprentices. Especially significant differences were seen between the dropouts; and completers' responses to the questions related to their on-the-job training.

The study concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for the future course of action to be pursued by apprenticeship labor officials in the state.