European-style apprenticeships give these Indy students an edge

Job training for young people in Indianapolis is taking on a very European look.

Two growing apprenticeship programs, one German-inspired and a larger one that’s Swiss-inspired, have started in the city and its suburbs the last four years. Both pay high school and community college students to work and train for jobs in the medical, business, IT and manufacturing fields, all while still in school. The programs even cover all or part of their college tuition.

The programs differ a little in their approach and benefits to students, but both are based on a common European mindset: Students shouldn’t be left to figure out – and pay for – career training all on their own. Companies have to take some responsibility for training and supporting youth, both as a social responsibility and to develop a talent pool to hire from.

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