Today apprentices make up only 0.2 percent of the US labor force, far less than in Canada (2.2 percent), Britain (2.7 percent), and Australia and Germany (3.7 percent).*
The success of apprentice programs in Germany and Austria, together with the ballooning cost of college, drives the growth of modern-day apprenticeships. Apprenticeships evolve in terms of how they are delivered and become more accessible through the use of technology. For example, the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service employs college students remotely as “e-interns.” Private businesses and government agencies increasingly offer tailored programs to help train and employ high-school students. Multinational corporations disseminate successful apprenticeship models to other parts of the world.
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*”The Hamilton Project: Expanding Apprenticeship Opportunities in the Uinted States,” The Brookings Institution, http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2014/06/19_hamilton_policies_addressing_poverty/expand_apprenticeships_united_states_lerman.pdf.
Industrial giant Siemens brings German-style apprenticeship to the United States, offering high-school graduates a free technical education and a job.