Should America re-consider apprenticeships in order to decrease youth unemployment?
According to the International Labor Organization, Germany's youth unemployment rate last year was 13.9 percent. Their apprenticeship programs are largely to account for this lower rate, much lower than the European average of 21.2 percent. Last year, 21 percent of America's youth were unemployed. Should America not consider a similar opportunity for our youth?
That would I think be a good start to fixing the problem were in now.
It depends on the policies of the country ? and America will not consider a similar opportunity for our youth.i think
The tough part about getting a job is often that the people who are doing the hiring want to hire someone who has experience doing that job. So, I think a program that gave youth work experience would be a good thing, and would directly address one of the main causes of youth unemployment. However, I don't know who would pay for such a program, or exactly how it would work in practice.
It,couldn't hurt ! I don't see why we couldn't have these programs considering they would give people some needed skills.
Apprenticeship is one of the best things that could happen to our restless young adults. More than 50% of our growing population cannot name 25 or more products made in the US.
Absolutely, apprenticeships are a great way to get people into careers that they enjoy and real-life experience. We need people in all types of careers for the country to work properly.
In Tunisia, the young people who helped bring down a dictator are called hittistes—French-Arabic slang for those who lean against the wall. Their counterparts in Egypt, who on Feb. 1 forced President Hosni Mubarak to say he won’t seek reelection, are the shabab atileen, unemployed youths. The hittistes and shabab have brothers and sisters across the globe. In Britain, they are NEETs—”not in education, employment, or training.” In Japan, they are freeters: an amalgam of the English word freelance and the German word Arbeiter, or worker. Spaniards call them mileuristas, meaning they earn no more than 1,000 euros a month. In the U.S., they’re “boomerang” kids who move back home after college because they can’t find work. Even fast-growing China, where labor shortages are more common than surpluses, has its “ant tribe”—recent college graduates who crowd together in cheap flats on the fringes of big cities because they can’t find well-paying work.
In each of these nations, an economy that can’t generate enough jobs to absorb its young people has created a lost generation of the disaffected, unemployed, or underemployed—including growing numbers of recent college graduates for whom the post-crash economy has little to offer. Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution was not the first time these alienated men and women have made themselves heard. Last year, British students outraged by proposed tuition increases—at a moment when a college education is no guarantee of prosperity—attacked the Conservative Party’s headquarters in London and pummeled a limousine carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Bowles. Scuffles with police have repeatedly broken out at student demonstrations across Continental Europe. And last March in Oakland, Calif., students protesting tuition hikes walked onto Interstate 880, shutting it down for an hour in both directions.
More common is the quiet desperation of a generation in “waithood,” suspended short of fully employed adulthood. At 26, Sandy Brown of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a college graduate and a mother of two who hasn’t worked in seven months. “I used to be a manager at a Duane Reade [drugstore] in Manhattan, but they laid me off. I’ve looked for work everywhere and I can’t find nothing,” she says. “It’s like I got my diploma for nothing.”
Very interesting question.
On the surface it sounds like a great idea, but remember that traditional apprenticeships were unpaid.
There would need to be some sort of tax credit or reward to the individual or company providing the training.
But overall I think a policy like this would be great, especially for those who do not desire or cannot afford a higher education.
Apprenticeships are usually based on some form of skill learning. If it enables those who are unemployed to have a skill set that would be useful in a manufacturing sector then I definitely agree with you.
It would be great to do.
Apprenticeships are one solution to the high school drop out rate and could help to decrease unemployment rates by giving kids that don't want to sit in class an employable skill. Apprenticeship programs exist already in most areas.
I think it sounds great!
Kids can definitely get a lot out of this even if it's unpaid since like internships chances are they'll get a job offer at the end of it or at least be able to up their salary offer for their next job.
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