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Nicholas Wyman dicusses the evolving role of apprenticeship around the world and its growth as a means of promoting highly technically skilled workers into new and emerging industries.
Nick is a workforce development and skills expert, CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation, and a multi-award winning author. He was Australian Apprentice of the Year in 1988 and went on to captain Australia’s gold medal-winning Culinary Youth Team. Today, he is a leader in developing skills-building, mentorship and apprenticeship programs that close the gap between education and careers around the world.
Massive college debt is a hot-button issue these days. I sat down with Nick Wyman, the CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation and author of “Job U,” to discuss how to better prepare Americans for their future careers.
“Really what happened is we suddenly had this massive amount of people going to college, a lot of people were dropping out of college, people are taking on student loans,” Wyman said during our Salon Talks.
According to the U.S. Census, more than 20 percent of people 18 to 34 years old live in poverty in America today. This is an uptick from how Baby Boomers lived in the 1980s, with millennials earning an average of $2,000 less today than young adults did back then, even though they are more likely to have a college degree.
Wyman argued that this cycle is bad for our workforce and bad for our country — he’s worried that we’re inadequately preparing our young people for the workforce.
“So you have people exiting the education system without the skills that employers need, and that caused all sorts of problems,” Wyman said.
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