The importance of education cannot be understated in the contemporary world. Every person requires education to develop skills needed for productivity. Apprenticeship is the oldest form of education known to humans. During the medieval period, young people learned about trade and other life essentials by working with adults (Heywood, 2018). As years progressed, academic training replaced apprenticeship. Understandably, public education entails formal training in which tutors follow a designed curriculum to teach students skills. For apprenticeship, learners undergo informal training and acquire on-job skills (Heywood, 2018). The two techniques of education help people gain skills for professional and career development, and thus enhanced employability. Typically, public education exposes people to better employment opportunities and remuneration for improved socioeconomic welfare.
Apprenticeship or informal training
Apprenticeship or informal training has ease school-to-work transition. According to Heywood (2018), children learn skills from experienced adults who have done the job repeatedly. In the contemporary world, this method combines classroom learning with on-the-job training to ensure faster transferability of skills. The combination of the two training approaches enables learners to gain working experience, which helps them to integrate into the job market easily. For this reason, apprenticeship has shorter unemployment periods before people land their first jobs. The apprenticeship method entails training individuals based on the prevailing market conditions and skills. Heywood (2018) explains that children are trained to master required skills in a specific field such as trade and moral values, among others.
Apprenticeship has been associated with enhanced cohesion and the least solitary in society. It encourages the elderly and the young to integrate and cooperate. For this reason, it reduces solitude, stress, and ageism (Heywood, 2018). The ramification for this is the enhanced health of community members. Additionally, it enabled people to specialize in a given field, which consequently leads to improved efficiency and productivity.
Public education focus is on classroom work
However, for public education, the focus is on classroom work. Illustratively, it entails teaching people a variety of life and professional skills. The length required to gain formal training through public education is not only longer but also costlier than apprenticeship establishment (Heywood, 2018). Moreover, the skills taught in public education are non-specific, and thus families, society, and children undergoing this form of education have to undergo additional training during the internship to acquire work experience. The extra training lengthens the unemployment periods of learners before their first jobs.
Public education has introduced inequalities in the present-day world. Understandably, during the initiation of public education, public education was confined to a few people. Over the years, public education for all became formalized and ingrained in communities, which has helped to promote gender and income equality (Heywood, 2018). Consequently, many people, including women, have developed literacy, and therefore they have helped to bridge the employment gap that was previously associated with apprenticeship. It is also vital to explain that public education helps to reinforce existing social structures, which promotes effectiveness in institutions (Heywood, 2018). This technique also equips people with craft skills, which are appropriate for their estate. Public education also helps people to be specialized, trained, and civilized in society. Therefore, it promotes sociopolitical accountability and responsibility in the world.
Public education has more benefits than an apprenticeship
In general, public education is despite its high cost, has more benefits than an apprenticeship. It enables children or learners to develop all-round skills that enable them to survive in sociopolitical and economic settings. It enables promotes institutional accountability, promote civilization, and eliminates gender and income gaps. However, stakeholders should strive to reduce the high cost of public education to ensure that many people benefit from it. Also, the study duration should be reduced to guarantee faster integration of people into the workforce for productivity.
Heywood, C. (2018). A history of childhood. John Wiley & Sons.