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A recent piece in the PIE News shines a light on the tremendous success as well as the limits of Germany’s Apprenticeship model for training young adults for today’s economy. The article notes that though Germany has only ¼ the population of the U.S., it has four times as many apprentices. While critical to the success of traditional German industry and SMEs, this often-adulated model has proven insufficient in adapting to today’s high-tech sector and need for professionals with a strong digital skillset.
In contrast, the American model of digital training – short bursts of intensive training (i.e., coding bootcamps) – has been successful to a quickly adapting to the needs of today’s global economy.
What this says about today’s economy is also true for education: students will continue to graduate into a reliably fast-paced, automated, and evolving global economy. The CEO of EdEx, Anant Agarwal, identified three education trends that will revolutionize how we work in 2019: a new focus on hybrid skills, omnichannel and on-demand learning experiences (the challenge facing Germany), and continued ongoing commitment to the development of soft-skills.
At AIC we believe experiential learning and international internships can prepare your students to align these trends with practice. Get in touch with Kate Moore or Chris McKenzie to discuss how we can support your institution as it prepares your students for the future of international work.