Lots, it turns out.

In the news: The Germany auto company is starting a training program at Camp Pendleton for Marines getting ready to transition out.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve heard good things about BMW’s training operations in the United States. An academic friend of mine who is studying automation and the working class told me last summer that the company has provided funds to community colleges, I think in South Carolina, to train people for jobs in robotized factories. Essentially, they learn how to make quick hardware and software fixes on the shop floor. The programs only produce a few dozen jobs, but they pay well, especially for the rural South.

The larger thought: I once read a study of German armies through the centuries that looked into why they consistently have good NCOs. The book said this is because the Germans have a great tradition of taking training seriously, in industry as well as the military.


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