Apprenticeships May Be the Way to Go

In this morning’s NCPA Daily Policy Digest, we featured a story from the Wall Street Journal about the popularity of apprenticeship programs in Europe…offered by businesses themselves.  This contrasts sharply to the lack of involvement of American businesses in training their workers and the public policy push of “college at all costs.”  As I noted in a piece last year, some of the fastest-growing jobs United States in the next decade will require only two years of college or vocational training, or on-the-job training.  Where will these workers come from…Europe?

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    In my opinion the push for college at all costs often backfires. Kids who lack the aptitude, motivation and the preparation begin college, falter and drop out with college debts and few skills — and no degree. Sometimes marginal college students falter, stop and restart several times over the course of years. Some finally patch together a bunch of worthless class only to emerge with enormous debts, a useless degree and a decade of lost years.

  2. Charles P. says:

    One doesn’t need to be an electrical engineer to work as an electrician. The difference is that at some time in life everyone needs an electrician to fix something while only certain industries need an electrical engineer on staff. The same goes to other professions that are disappearing such as plumbers, roofers, and other trades that don’t require college education but that not everyone can do. In the future, only few will master these crafts (low supply) and the need for them will remain (high demand). That means that in the next several years those who can perform those tasks are going to be heftily rewarded.

  3. Rick S. says:

    As you stated previously, the federal government shouldn’t intervene with secondary education. The current advantages given to college students are messing up the market. Five years from now we will have a surplus of college educated individuals either unemployed or underemployed. This would bring additional problems to a generation that will be plagued with economic hardships.

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