Importing Germany’s Apprentice System

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An engineer works with a student apprentice at Toyota. (Toyota UK/Flickr)

Americans import a lot of things from Germany, from beer to luxury cars. Now, some companies in states that are facing a shortage of skilled labor are hoping to import Germany’s centuries-old apprentice system.

These German-style apprenticeships let young people sidestep college — and college debt — while they learn a trade. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tracy Samilton of Michigan Radio reports.


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