Apprenticeship : Remaking an old idea for a new era

A number of developed countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, are confronting a new and frightening phenomenon: a “lost generation” of young adults unable to find a job. But the story of high and rising levels of youth unemployment is far from universal. Of the ten Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries with the lowest levels of youth unemployment in 2010, five—Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands—have programs in place to ensure that at any one time, 15 to 20 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds hold workplace-based apprenticeships. To put it another way, each of the countries in which apprenticeship is widely available is among those with the lowest youth unemployment of the OECD countries. Read more

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