The libertarian Liberal Alliance party suggests slashing the minimum wage for apprentices as a way to encourage more companies to take on trainees.
The current starting monthly pay for apprentices is 10,000 kroner. Liberal Alliance pointed to reports that it costs companies twice as much to hire apprentices as it does in Germany and Austria.
Some 13,000 vocational students lack an apprenticeship and studies have shown this is one of the main reasons why students drop out of vocational school.
The proposal was rejected by Liberal Alliance’s allies as well as employers and unions.
Business lobby Dansk Industri said most of its companies do not have enough work at the moment to give apprentices meaningful tasks.
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