America has an unemployment problem. At the same time, the skilled trades are starved for trained workers. In Germany, an extensive apprenticeship system has helped that country with both sides of the equation -- so why not adopt something similar here?
I’ve just come back from Germany, where I visited some half dozen apprenticeship programs at brand-name companies like Daimler, Siemens, and Bosch, and the metaphor I came away with is a native tree—flourishing, productive, highly adapted to its local climate zone, but unlikely to take root or grow in a climate as different as the America's. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t adapt the German model. But it’s not going to be quick or easy.
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