Apprenticeships or university?

It can be hard for a parent when your child is torn between going to university or starting an apprenticeship. University has historically been seen as the crème de la crème of education, while apprenticeships were seen as routes into more manual jobs. However, times have changed and so have opinions on Apprenticeships. Many teens are now realising that potential employers value work experience and the transferable skills gained from an Apprenticeship.

Obviously, for some roles such as, Doctors, Nurses and ecologists your child will need a degree to enter the industry, but even in these cases a practical apprenticeship can support their Higher Education application as it shows dedication. But did you know that for roles like Digital Marketing managers, Vehicle Technicians and IT support professionals to name a few, there are specially designed apprenticeships?

And, under the new funding rules brought in with the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017. new apprenticeship standards are available for someone with a degree, as long as the learning is evidentially different. Many graduates can therefore see the benefits of continuing their learning in a more practical setting.

Former skills minister, Nick Boles, told the Guardian: “I want every young person leaving school to view university degrees and high-level apprenticeships as different but equally valid choices.

“You can gain a degree with an apprenticeship in subjects ranging from accountancy to law and engineering,” he said. “Apprenticeships allow all school leavers the chance to fulfil their potential through taking the next step that best suits their skills and ambitions.”

So instead of Apprenticeships or university, it should now be Apprenticeships AND University.