- Country A
- Country B
I don’t know about you, but I would choose country B. You probably guessed that country A is America. Country B is Switzerland, where the secondary education system is heavily focused on career and technical education (CTE) with a high-quality apprenticeship model. Many students spend one or two days at school and the rest of their week applying what they learn in the workplace. This allows a healthy transition into working life—as evidenced by their low unemployment rates.
Today the U.S. Department of Labor will sign a declaration of intent with Switzerland to establish an apprenticeship program based on their model. The Swiss model engages students at 15 or 16 years of age, prepares them with 21st century skills for high-demand, high-skilled jobs, and allows them to pursue higher education (including university degrees) and training.