The Youth Unemployment Crisis: A Fix that Works and Pays for Itself
Apprenticeship can be a great idea. However, it is not very different in concept from indentured servitude and that is subject to a lot of potential for abuse. If there were regulations put in place to ensure that the apprentices were paid a living wage (it doesn’t all have to be cash, I recall stories from a German friend of mine who worked as an apprentice as a youth that he got room and board as part of his compensation) and had the ability to seek assistance when they felt they were being taken advantage of, then I could get wholly behind the idea. I think for lots and lots of trades (even a lot of ‘cerebral’ ones such as engineering) could greatly benefit from on the job training. After all, isn’t that what co-ops are supposed to be in a lot of programs? Why not formalize that and put the horse before the cart? Instead of letting lazy students avoid co-ops and play all summer, make that the key point of the educational process and ensure that they have practical real-world experience before they graduate.