Apprenticeship: Is it time?

Unable to find “middle-skill” workers, BMW’s South Carolina factory has created an apprenticeship program at local high schools and a work-study program at technical colleges. Demand is high for workers who can repair robots and run computers.

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  1. Great idea, but it won’t work if the students cannot read, write, handle math, and be able to understand and follow instructions.

    The manufacturers in washington state can’t find qualified high school graduates to employ in those industries due to the fact they couldn’t pass a 18 question, 30 minute exam on basic math concepts.

    As one CEO says “we can train workers to do jobs, but we cannot train them in basic skills that they should know upon graduation from high school”.