Expanding Apprenticeships in the US: Learning from German Experiences


On January 17, RGIT together with the German Embassy hosted a briefing at the House of Representatives to inform on apprenticeship programs that are following the German model. The Chairmen of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), emphasized the importance of occupational education as a solution to a shortage of skilled worker in the US.

RGIT Vice President, Freya Lemcke, moderated a panel discussion, in which Jesus Espinosa, former apprentice of VW, Nicole Koesling, Senior Vice President for house staff at VW USA, and Steve L Cromer, Vice President for Advanced Manufacturing at West Georgia Technical College, discussed their experience with German style apprenticeship programs that were coordinated by the AHK USA in Georgia and Tennessee.