From a labour market policy perspective, the dual education model also offers undeniable advantages over any other education system: First, it is always up-to-date. If the economy changes, or if production methods or provision of services change, trainees immediately learn to meet new demands. By nature, a predetermined school curriculum will always be behind the curve. Second, following every school education, each graduate confronts the necessity of a job search. This step in particular, is often no longer necessary after concluding an apprenticeship. Many young trainees simply remain employed in the company where they received training. The most important labour market policy goal is the prevention of youth unemployment. This is completely uncontested among all parties and the social partners. Here, the most effective tool is the so-called “apprenticeship guarantee”, a model which also guides the political endeavour of the European Union to implement the so-called “European Youth Guarantee”. The “apprenticeship guarantee” is a promise to each young person who wants to do an apprenticeship that they will be able to pursue such training if – despite the comprehensive support programme for companies offering apprenticeships – no vacant position is found.
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