Vocational education reduces youth unemployment

Countries with good youth employment provide their students with a practical education. Germany, for example, “has a long tradition of high-quality vocational education and apprenticeships…”

“Employers [in nine countries] are awash with applications—but complain that they cannot find candidates with the right abilities. … Middle-sized firms (between 50 and 500 workers) have an average of 13 entry-level jobs empty.”

“Many countries are now trying to bridge the gap between education and work by upgrading vocational schools, encouraging standard schools to form closer relations with local companies, and embracing apprenticeships.”

Russell Mead asks “College: What’s the Point?“:

“As nearly half of young American college grads work in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree while struggling to pay off crushing student debt, lawmakers and educators are beginning to ask a critical question: What is college for?

“… as more students graduate without employment prospects, the notion that universities should spend more time on practical training in marketable skills has begun to take hold.”

Vocational schools lead to good jobs

Starting salaries about $45,000, no college tuition, no student debt. That is why more and more kids are deciding to go to vocational schools instead of traditional schools.

“I can make as much money as someone going to college, coming straight out of high school, and I don’t have to pay for college loans or anything like that,” said a student at Pathfinder Regional, a Massachusetts vo-tech school.

Kids used to go to college to avoid working minimum-wage jobs in factories. But nowadays kids are going to vocational school to get high-tech factory jobs working with computer programs and robotics.

A couple of weeks ago I noted a Wall Street Journal report that there were 284,000 college graduates in minimum wage jobs in 2012. That’s not a problem for Pathfinder Regional graduates. Every one of them found a good job.

College graduates in minimum wage jobs

The Wall Street Journal reports that there were 284,000 college graduates in minimum wage jobs in 2012. And 37,000 of those even had advanced degrees.

I have been saying for years that many, perhaps even most, kids would be much better off learning a marketable trade instead of going to college. Learn electricity, plumbing, welding or any other valuable skill and there will be a high demand for your services and you can make a good career for yourself.