In the US today, we have an education system that has, as one of its primary features, high cost. That cost has become a dramatic debt burden for an entire generation of students. The apprenticeship, on the other hand, is a formal system in which training and education happens while the student does productive work and gets paid for that. The pay is not initially lucrative, of course, but the student usually doesn’t end up with such considerable educational debt. I’ve known people who have gone through apprenticeship programs in the UK, and now hearing of Beyer’s experience in Germany, I ask myself if apprenticeship isn’t the best way to gain technical proficiency. But apprenticeship, at least in its initial stages, is a cost to employers. In times of increasing austerity, is this just another cost that companies would like to eliminate?