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Indiana Looks Internationally to Improve the Skills Gap

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Opportunity for employment in U.S. manufacturing does exist, but potential employers are struggling to find individuals that have the needed skills set. Additionally, there is a shortage of manufacturing training programs.

Recently, Indiana Governor Mike Pence met with Peter Ammon, the German ambassador to the United States, in an effort to learn more about a training model used in Germany. Germany is making an effort to reduce the skills gap by complementing a high school diploma with on-the-job-training. The German model allows individuals to earn a high school degree while they complete a true apprenticeship in a specific trade or occupation. 

This tends to differ from the current vocational training model in the United States, which is mainly comprised of classes taught around a specific trade or occupation after a high school degree has been obtained.  Germany currently offers approx. 350 different trades or occupations through its model. 

The program is noted for the fact that it provides young individuals with the exact skills they need - skills thata employers are looking for - as soon as they have graduated from high school.

About the Author
Justin Hayes is a director in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Audit and Assurance Services Group. Justin works with clients to help ensure accurate financial reporting, keeping an eye on their bottom line, helping them avoid risk and maximize efficiencies. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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