European-style apprenticeships give these Indy students an edge

Vocational training for young people in Indianapolis takes on a very European look.

Two burgeoning apprenticeship programs, one German-inspired and the other Swiss-inspired, have started in the city and its suburbs over the past four years. Both pay high school and community college students to work and train for medical, business, computer, and manufacturing jobs while still in school. The programs even cover all or part of their tuition.

The programs differ a bit in their approach and benefits for students, but both are based on a common European mindset: students shouldn’t be left alone to find – and pay for – vocational training. Companies need to take some responsibility in training and supporting young people, both as a social responsibility and to develop a pool of talent to hire.

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