Why the UK apprenticeship model is now a global export
The US, China and France are among those taking an interest, while experts predict the sector’s knowledge could form lucrative business solutions. George Ryan reports
Ask anyone to name a gold-standard apprenticeship system and, chances are, a few familiar countries will crop up.
Germany would likely be there, where half of young people complete some form of apprenticeship training. Maybe Switzerland, whose economy regularly tops global competiveness tables, thanks largely to its skilled workforce. Or perhaps Finland, whose apprenticeships model particularly helps adults retrain or upskill.
But despite the criticism the apprenticeship and skills system in the UK has faced, it seems governments across the world – from the US to France and China – are now ...