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Why Aren't There More Apprenticeships? | Scott H Young

Why Aren't There More Apprenticeships? | Scott H Young

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Apprenticeships as a mode of learning

We mostly learn by doing, yet school mostly replaced apprenticeships as a form of learning.

One reason why schools replaced hands-on learning is that apprenticeship is suitable for smithing and weaving, but modern work is mental and needs dedicated training inside the classroom. However,

Apprenticeships are expensive

Teaching students in a classroom is cheaper than training them on the job, which can be very costly. 

However, apprenticeship suffers from credible commitment - the master wants cheap labour, and the apprentice wants to learn. But if the apprentice learns too quickly, he ca...

Education is mostly signalling

Education serves two purposes:

  • Teaching valuable knowledge and skills. This is known as the human capital theory.
  • Ranking students according to their ability, conscientiousness and ambition. This is known as signalling theory.

If an...

Formal apprenticeship programs have declined

While formal apprenticeship programs have declined, learning by doing has not. For example, how much of what you do now was learned on the job compared to in school? Yet, schools get most of the credit for knowledge gained.

Most people still learn their jobs by training under exper...

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