ERIC Number: ED327641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Training for Work: What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe.
Education Writers Association, Washington, DC.
Six observers studied both school-to-work transition programs for youth and retraining programs for adult workers in three Western European countries--West Germany, Sweden, and England. They identified European solutions to a pressing problem in the United States: youth and adult workers whose skills are inadequate for today's and tomorrow's jobs. The education policies of Germany and Sweden reflect the reality that not all children go on to college. A viable alternative is offered through the dual system, in which a student receives a certificate for completing an apprenticeship program. Sweden's system requires schools to provide students with work-related experiences. In contrast, England finds it difficult to correct the shortcomings of a system that historically reserved education after age 16 for the academic elite. A national curriculum has been implemented in an attempt to upgrade schooling. Emphasis in all three countries is placed on development of skills of the next generation, concern about the livelihood of the employed, and commitment of employers, labor, and government to deal with change. (Part II of this report is a clipping file with 28 pages of stories about the European experience from newspapers and other publications. Articles also address U.S. failures and successes using techniques borrowed from these countries as well as its own. Lists of reporters, sources, and reports are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Apprenticeships, Comparative Education, Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Retraining, Secondary Education, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.; William T. Grant Foundation, Washington, DC. Commission on Work, Family, and Citizenship.
Authoring Institution: Education Writers Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Europe; Sweden; United Kingdom (England); West Germany