European Apprenticeship: A Model for the U.S.?
What are elements of a successful apprenticeship system? To what degree should businesses be engaged in educating their workforce, and what other actors should participate in decision-making and evaluation? How can apprenticeship fit within the existing education system? The AICGS project “Employment, Education, and Training: Apprenticeship Models in Europe and the United States” looks to answer these questions, drawing on lessons from the European experiences that can be applied to the U.S. system. A group of experts participated in AICGS’ study tour to Germany, France, Hungary, and the United Kingdom, visiting employers and schools where the apprenticeship model is flourishing. The recommendations in this Issue Brief stem from the group’s experiences in Europe, and offer a candid assessment of the viability of such a system for the United States.