One In Two School Students Considering An Apprenticeship

 

More than half of school students say they will consider an apprenticeship after leaving school as their route into employment.

A survey commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians found the main reasons for young people considering an apprenticeship over university were:

  • They can start earning money straight away – 37%
  • They will get valuable work experience – 35%
  • They want to learn valuable work skills as soon as possible – 30%

AAT revealed that two thirds of 16-30 year olds 64% – that’s 8 million young Britons – think an apprenticeship could fast track their careers over university.  Looking at the views of degree holders, in hindsight, over half 54%, would now consider an alternative route into employment rather than a university degree, while nearly half 45% will still consider doing an apprenticeship in the future.

The information and communication sector is where these apprenticeships are mainly being considered 22%, with ‘white collar’ jobs, including accountancy and law, coming in second place 14%. Only around half of young people, however 50% said they had heard about routes to employment such as apprenticeships from the careers advice they were given, with 55 per cent citing that the advice still had a focus on going to work after university.

The information and communication sector is where these apprenticeships are mainly being considered (22%), with ‘white collar’ jobs, including accountancy and law, coming in second place 14%. Only around half of young people, however 50% said they had heard about routes to employment such as apprenticeships from the careers advice they were given, with 55 per cent citing that the advice still had a focus on going to work after university.

Mark Farrar the Chief Executive said: ” I think Apprenticeships are valuable  and prehaps been underplayed. By definition they are essentially a job and its one where you get the experience of work”

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