An apprentice repairing a car with a mentor. Apprentices often shadow a more senior employee so they can learn the business, ask specific questions and observe how to develop positive relationships at work. Photo: Alamy

Why do an apprenticeship? Vocational training pros and cons, and why Confucius encouraged the practice

Apprenticeships provide valuable opportunities for on-the-job learning and gaining experience. But there are disadvantages too, while social hang-ups and lack of incentives for businesses can be a problem in Hong Kong and China

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An apprentice repairing a car with a mentor. Apprentices often shadow a more senior employee so they can learn the business, ask specific questions and observe how to develop positive relationships at work. Photo: Alamy
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Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.