Educating the future workforce is an ongoing challenge for the United States and Europe. Lessons can be learned from other countries’ experience in developing multiple career pathways for their citizens despite national differences. This program compares the outcomes of these work-based learning systems and their role in boosting employment and economic growth.

Political tensions between Germany and the U.S. promptly resurfaced not long after the new administration took possession of the White House. Many will argue at length about who is right about what. Yet now that Chancellor Merkel has returned to Berlin from her inaugural meeting with the U.S. president, a few lessons about what the …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics A German approach to trade and skills has much to teach Trump (FT) Germany’s ‘powerhouse’ economy is cracking and investors need to be wary, economist warns (CNBC) As E.C.B. Charts Economic Course, Politics Complicate the Picture (NYT) Economic growth expectations …Read More

In January, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt) announced that the country’s population is likely growing again—a direct result of an increase in immigration since 2012.  The latest preliminary survey results indicate that approximately 82.8 million people lived in Germany at the end of 2016. This is an increase of 0.6 million compared to the …Read More

The Southeast region of the United States has a strong manufacturing industry and a growing immigrant population. The region is also home to about 300 German companies that have brought their traditions of apprenticeship and training programs with them. Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, has become an emerging immigrant gateway, with its foreign-born population having …Read More

The hometown Washington Redskins may have just missed making it to the playoffs of the National Football League championships this season. But they showed once again how important a strong offense is to success, especially when the team’s defense is not performing at a world-class level. What is true for professional sports also holds for …Read More

  During his 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders’ call to make tuition at public institutions free for all students hit a nerve among his (mainly young) supporters. Hillary Clinton, the eventual Democratic candidate, has adopted this issue and proposes the elimination of tuition at in-state public colleges and universities for families …Read More

This second AICGS conference focused on the theme of workforce education will convene municipal leaders and immigration and integration experts to talk about both the challenges and commitments to integrating immigrants and refugees into the workforce. In June 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce joined with the Departments of Education and Labor to sign an …Read More

March 13 saw strong voter support in three German state elections for the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party. Fueled by continuing waves of incoming refugees, anxiety is building in a country that just a decade ago started to see immigration as an opportunity. Together with its European neighbors, Germany is now facing tremendous pressure …Read More

Not only has manufacturing come back to the U.S., it has also changed in the meantime, asking for new and different skill sets compared to previous times when the U.S. had a competitive edge with products “Made in America.” The “old” manufacturing used to be dark, dirty, and dangerous; the “new” manufacturing looks very different, …Read More

Educating the future workforce is an ongoing challenge for the United States and Europe. Skills required by high-growth jobs are not necessarily being taught in traditional career paths, and there is a skills mismatch that leads to a growing shortfall of eligible workers. Germany’s apprenticeship system has successfully lowered youth unemployment and the U.S. administration …Read More

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