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Apprenticeships vs University

02 September 2019

It’s only been a few short weeks since GCSE/A-Level results were announced, and it got me thinking about the tough decision these young people are going to have to make soon – do I go to University?

Whilst I was thinking about this, a new report crossed my desk. Apparently, apprenticeships are now a real alternative to University. In-Comm Training, which supports over 2,000 learners every year, asked two cohorts of students for their opinions on vocational learning and the results were emphatic, with 95 percent of respondents feeling that undertaking an apprenticeship has helped accelerate their career. Furthermore, 90 percent would recommend it as an alternative to going to University.

When asked what they liked best about being an apprentice, over two thirds quoted the ability to ‘earn while you learn’, with a quarter pointing out the fact that you can immediately apply learning to a real-world environment. In addition to being able to apply learning to live manufacturing situations, In-Comm Training have estimated that doing an apprenticeship all the way through to degree level could be a £100,000 opportunity when you consider the wages you are paid and the tuition fees that you save. 

Read the full article in the September issue of DPA.

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