Skip to content
  • Video
  • 5 mins
  • Level 1: Introductory

Rupert Soames on lessons to be learned from Germany's economy

Updated Thursday 10th March 2011

"It takes a long time to build up a competitive advantage"


Copyright open university


Copyright open university


Rupert Soames
Well I think one of the things is education, and also competitive advantage, is that what we have learnt from Germany is that it takes a long, long time to build up the sort of competitive advantage they have in engineering and all those, and that’s, a lot of that is to do with education.  And we now run apprenticeship programmes, we’re trying to model ourselves more on the German model, that we've gone through a whole process where people used to steal each other’s trainees and now I think what is good in British industry is that there is more focus now on training your own people, and that’s a lesson that we've learnt from Germany.

What lessons can be learned from Gemany's economic success?




For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?