Britain should follow Germany’s example for apprenticeship success, says Lord Adonis

In a recent post for the Guardian, Lord Adonis argues that the reason behind the high figure of youth unemployment in the UK (15%) is not down to age, but to lack of skill. A recent report from the OECD found that 19% of 25-34-year olds in the UK who left school at 16 are now unemployed. For university graduates this figure is just 4.7%.

Adonis puts Germany’s low level of youth unemployment (7.5%) down to its successful apprenticeship system and he thinks that Britain should follow its example.  Young people are still choosing university over apprenticeships; 1 in 3 school leavers compared to 1 in 10. Adonis calls for a total re-haul of the apprenticeship system, putting forward three key reforms:

  1. Apprenticeships for the public and private sectors which are funded by the state.
  2. High quality apprenticeships, bringing in examinations and practical tests.
  3. Further information on apprenticeships.

Click here to read Adonis’s full post.