OKOYE, Ngozi
Department of Public Administration,
Nasarawa State University Keffi, Nasarawa State
This paper examined apprenticeship systems and human capital development in Jos metropolis. The
specific objectives were to examine the methods of apprenticeship, the impact of apprenticeship on trainee
skills, the effect of apprenticeship on trainee self-reliance. Using systems theory, the paper argued that
although informal apprenticeship systems are facing daunting challenges, they have robustly contributed to
human capital development in Jos Metropolis. The study utilized survey research design employing both
primary and secondary sources of data. Purposive and simple random sampling was employed to obtain the
sample. Three hundred and seventy-one (371) respondents were sampled using the Yamane (1967) sample
size technique. Data collected was analyzed and presented using descriptive statistics; mean and
percentages. Linear regression was adopted to test the hypotheses. The paper recommends that government
should formalize, streamline and unify training curriculum making it compulsory for trainers to comply in
delivering the content of training. The content of apprenticeship training should be formalized and
structured in such a way to encompass conventional education system in order to develop the writing and
social skills of trainees among others. Government should offer grants to graduate trainees in order to enable
them set up their enterprise thereby improving their living standard and contributing to the country’s GDP
per capita.
Keywords: Apprenticeship system, apprenticeship training, economic status, human capital development

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