Here at Praxis, we believe that you don’t have to sacrifice real-world experience while gaining an education. In fact, we’re here to prove the two go hand-in-hand.
Earlier this week, the BBC published a story on engineering apprenticeship programs which are popular in Germany. These programs combine real-world engineering experience with university education.
Participants in these programs “work part of the week for a firm that pays them and teaches them relevant skills. The rest of the time they spend in school.”
The work experience isn’t your typical internship, where the majority of one’s day is spent making coffee and sorting mail. Students learn directly from the best engineers in Germany. “They are much more precise, they go into detail a lot more,” says one apprentice of his mentors.
Enrollment in a German apprenticeship program is a better investment than a mountain of student debt. According to Nora Hesse, a Berlin-based economist at the Open Europe think tank, “education is covered by the company.”
This is what Praxis is all about: Combining real-world experience with a true education. And Praxis participants earn money while working at their partnerships.
The BBC article notes one drawback to the German approach. While these programs “may help young people into jobs…in older age, these workers’ skills can become obsolete.”
This is what sets Praxis apart. We’re not here to train young people in a narrow-skill set. We’re here to provide ambitious, hard-working young people with the opportunity to work alongside entrepreneurs while gaining a real education. It’s about learning to be a creative problem solver, wherever you may apply it.
If you’re a young person looking to create value in the 21st century, don’t restrict yourself to one narrow skill-set. Work with an entrepreneur who is well-versed in communication, management, and strategic planning. Praxis gives you that opportunity.