In Britain, the government will propose part-time apprenticeships for students starting at 14.
Pupils as young as 14 will be allowed to leave the classroom for two days a week to learn a trade under plans to tackle skill shortages and motivate disillusioned children.
. . . They will learn alongside skilled workers such as plumbers, joiners and information technology operators.
Apprentices would spend one day a week at a college (a trade college?) and two days at a regular school. They’d leave school at 16 with a vocational certificate and be able to go on to a full-time paid apprenticeship.
In the U.S., apprenticeship proposals tend to fall apart because of union resistance and employers’ fear of lawsuits and of incompetent teen-agers. We’re also much more committed here to the idea that everyone — regardless of motivation or ability — should go to college.