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It's pretty certain that it is not what it used to be or was reputed to be. But the dual education system is still there, and Mittelstand companies train apprentices (under some constraint).

The Apprentice: Germany's Answer to Jobless Youth - BusinessWeek

Lately, though, [2009], the system has come under stress through factors related to both the current downturn and long-term changes in the global labor market. The number of apprenticeships slumped more than 10% between 2000 and 2005, recovering only after the government threatened to compel companies to take more trainees. German officials expect the number to dip again this year because of the financial crisis.

The point you make here seems to me generally valid (and spot-on concerning France, for instance), and has surely taken its toll in Germany. But the relative position of Germany in this regard would still seem to me to suggest that it takes vocational training more seriously than a good many other developed economies.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 06:06:00 AM EST
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