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Summer School Specialized for Job Training

I think a summer school specialized to teach about jobs that have some of the most openings but require little education would be a good idea. The idea is that there will always be those who fail in school, and this will help put those students in a position to make a decent income. I'm also suggesting these jobs require little education because then by educating/training people about how to do these jobs, they will be put towards the top of the labor force desirability. I imagine a summer school with this kind of goal could educate/train students about a lot of jobs in a relatively short amount of time. I think this could be done for relatively cheaply, and it may even be possible that local specialists/employers in the field would want to come in and "teach" as they would be one of the main beneficiaries from a course like this.

Here's an example of the type of impact a school with this structure could have: Roofing is a job that most people don't go to school for. Roofing companies have to spend a lot of money with on-the-job training of new employees. Now imagine a person, we'll call him Peter, failed out of school. Now lets say he had no access to education or training about roofing. Would he even apply for a roofing job? Maybe, but maybe not. If he did, would he get the job? Well, we can assume he's at the relatively bottom part of the labor force having failed out of school, he'd need a lot of training, and the employer might assume that he would be hard to train given his lack of success in school. Now, what if Peter had that roofing education/training? He would be far more likely to call on that education/training and apply for the roofing job in the first place, and once he applied, the employer would be far more likely to put Peter towards the middle/top of the roofing labor force given his education/training specific to roofing, which would greatly reduce the risk for the employer.

Another aspect I really like about this idea is that it doesn't limit upward mobility. Children would still be going to their normal school, learning in the normal classes, and if they succeed, they can go to college and end up with a great career. It's just that this type of a "summer school" would really limit the pain a failed student would feel. And obviously, help someone find a job who would otherwise be unemployed (especially long-term) is far more valuable to society than helping someone find a job that would otherwise end up with a job anyways.