Apprenticeships: Keeping up with the Schmidts | The Economist

This article from the Economist is a strongly recommended read. Check it out!

via Apprenticeships: Keeping up with the Schmidts | The Economist.

For me, the article, once again highlights the weakness of David Cameron’s government‘s policy decisions. This highlights the fundamental absence of proper strategic evaluation, with policies being hotchpotch and knee-jerk reactions.  I would question the wisdom of trying to copy German best practice which is based on fundamentally different contextual values. For example, there is a Constitutional Court in Germany which protects consumers against big government and big business. The Economist article describes how a supermarket is taking the money and not, in my view, giving enough in return to the apprentices.

In the last two years, I have spent two extended periods in Asia. and am amazed that the UK Government is developing an appenticeship policy without extensive study of Asian practice.

Let me turn this to an open question:

In your opinion, is the UK Government’s policy for appenticeships likely to be effective in addressing the huge challenges of UK unemployment?

Any thoughts?

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How’s Life? at a Glance | OECD READ edition

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English: OECD members Accession candidate countries Enhanced engagement countries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent publication from the OECD. Check it out!

via How’s Life? at a Glance | OECD READ edition.

The OECD research looks at life comparably across countries, using carefully crafted statistics.

It is interesting to look at your own country and see how it compares. I was fascinated by Great Britain (GBR on the graphs).

The results are significant in absolute terms comparing countries. However, the averages by country mask vast variation based upon social class, wealth, income, and connections.

Any thoughts?

 

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