COLOGNE, Germany — Following 12 years of elementary- and high-school education in Germany, 22-year-old Sabrina Kleinsorg had to make a decision for her professional career two years ago. “Most of my fellow students wanted to go to university, opted for a higher education, but I wanted to earn money immediately, while learning a profession at the same time,” Kleinsorg says. Her own family history includes mostly blue-collar workers, and Kleinsorg’s parents favored an education in skilled crafts and trades for their daughter. Apprentice Sabrina Kleinsorg talks to trainees Fabian Hartmann, left, and Andre Etzweiler, right, at the Ford plant in Cologne, Germany. For Kleinsorg, the choice was easy: She opted for an apprenticeship in the field of engineering.
Youth unemployment: how business can help the ‘lost generation’
With one million young Britons neither in work nor training, some companies are providing stepping stones into the jobs market.
Zain, 19, is half English and half Spanish and swears he’s blessed with intelligence and charm as a result. That winning combination didn’t wash it with the judge. He was sentenced to 15 months in jail for assault.
Almost one million young Britons are currently neither in work nor training. All the evidence would suggest that Zain’s future lay among their number – another of what’s being called the “lost generation”.