obliged to say something if Barry (see contribution)
talks about the German Beruf concept. The interesting thing is that despite
all what has been said about flexibilisation and portfolio persons and
so on, the German Beruf has not been weakened, it has been strengthened.
In quantitative terms – one has to be careful about that I admit – but
in quantitative terms it has never been as strong as nowadays. The relative
number of apprentices has risen during the last few years and has surpassed
70 per cent of the cohort. We should keep that in mind.