Currently, there are more than 505,000 active apprentices in the United States and 450,000 in Canada. By comparison, there are about 1.3 million apprentices in Germany – about ten times more than in the USA per capita of the population. Young North American workers in many equivalent jobs are usually simply trained on the job. However, in recent years, many politicians are now convinced that it is problematic not to have a formal educational component in such training. To provide young people with better professional technical training, the US government is supporting several apprenticeship programs directly.