U.S. studies German apprenticeships
Randall Woodfin, the young mayor of Birmingham, Ala., unseated a popular incumbent last year partly on a promise to bring in jobs. But one year in, the city’s youth unemployment rate remained high, and Mr. Woodfin was casting about for solutions.
That brought him this past fall to the boardroom of Bremen-based software company abat AG. Mr. Woodfin was there to observe Germany’s famed apprenticeship model up close and potentially persuade German companies to offer apprenticeship slots in Birmingham.