Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More on apprenticeships from Dana Goldstein

I've written before about the decline of apprenticeships in the United States and what it means for disadvantaged youth. Dana Goldstein, one of my favorite education bloggers, has a short post up today called "Youth Unemployment and the Apprenticeship Gap," with links to more in-depth reporting. Here's an interesting quote:
[I]n addition to overall sluggish job creation, one of the problems is that American employers tend to avoid job training and seek workers who already have the exact experience they're looking for. A Boeing executive pretty much sums up this world view: "To expect business to bring graduates up to speed…that's too much to ask."
God forbid multinational corporations like Boeing should be asked to shoulder any responsibility for job training in exchange for the massive tax subsidies they receive.

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