Manufacturing, built in obsolescence and apprenticeships

When stuff is made to last forever, you’ll need an army of highly trained people to keep them maintained and repaired which would solve sustainability, unemployment and  poverty.

So writes Gordon Ferguson, a keen community activist who has been coming to our events for several years and  contends that although the headline figures for apprenticeships in general and manufacturing  in particular may appear to look good, the facts look rather trivial when compared with the multi-year in-depth training that our apprentices would have previously expected or even Germany’s current training statistics.

Wanting to know when and how it all went wrong, Gordon asked a couple of retired steel industry Sheffielders with the good fortune to receive  proper apprenticeships straight from school at 16.  Much to his surprise, rather than  the stock leftist answer of ‘when Thatcher came to power’, they replied ‘when they introduced six month training schemes’.

About actionforinvolvment

We're an independent think tank, founded in 2006 to bring people in our communities together with policymakers and stakeholders. We create space often in a workshop format to pool ideas, develop networks and tackle hot topics. Since 2009, we’ve focused on the sustainability agenda such as: climate change, energy, housing, technology, transport with interest in:education, health, welfare, regulation and enforcement. Our latest project is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Grant and our next event on 27th June 2013 includes George Monbiot with other high level environmental policy makers.
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