Apprenticeship: Will it work in the U.S.? | Joanne

Apprentices learn control engineering in Leipzig, Germany Photo: Waltraud Grubitzsch/dpa/Corbis

The much-admired German apprenticeship system “relies on a very stratified education system along with regulated and heavily unionized labor markets,” writes Eric Hanushek in Education Next. Furthermore, it produces narrowly trained workers who aren’t prepared for changing work demands.

Half of all German youth participate in their vocational and apprenticeship system, which itself builds upon school tracking that occurs in the 4th  grade. The dual system involves youth at the end of compulsory…

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