Swiss minister to talk education in U.S.
Switzerland’s economy minister, Johann Schneider-Ammann, is due to visit Washington this week and will tout his country’s advanced system of vocational training as he meets officials including President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.
The earn-while-you-learn approach is gaining traction in the U.S., where postsecondary-school education is typically financed by debt. Trump issued an executive order last month to promote apprenticeships with an average starting wage of roughly $15 per hour. His predecessor, Barack Obama, signed a declaration of intent on vocational training with Switzerland in 2015 in a bid to get familiar with the country’s system.
“As I talk with businesses around the country — small businesses, large businesses — they say ‘we want to hire but the individuals that are applying don’t have and haven’t had an opportunity to obtain the skills we’re looking for,’” U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said earlier this month.
In addition to discussing vocational education with Ivanka Trump, the topic will also be on the agenda when Schneider-Ammann meets with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Acosta, according to the Swiss government.