QA Apprenticeships: Students to choose apprenticeships over university

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Research indicates increase in apprenticeship applications.

A major incentive behind choosing an apprenticeship allows the individual to work directly with the professional.

More young people are shunning degrees in favour of apprenticeships, with new statistics revealing that the average apprenticeship vacancy attracts 11 applications each after a push for on-the-job training.

Other industry areas - such as events management and plumbing - have experienced a much more noticeable surge, receiving within the region of more than 30 submissions.

Ben Pike, Director of QA Apprenticeships, commented: "Many teenagers are recognising the importance of getting their foot in the ‘workplace’ door early, and by listing a reputable business on their CV before entering the world of work gives them a better chance of being employed compared to candidates who journeyed down the traditional educational route."

“A major incentive behind choosing an apprenticeship allows the individual to work directly with the professional – giving them a firsthand experience of what it’s like to be in those circumstances as well as undergo specialist training; making them in much higher demand.”

A report in the Telegraph details the launch of annual tuition fees costing up to as much as £9,000 per year for first-time higher education students – with the possibility of graduates being left with more than £40,000 worth of debt, along with living expenses.

Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, stated that he expected it to “become the norm that young people either go to university or into an apprenticeship”.

“We live in an age where our tech-savvy younger generation has a better grasp of technology more than ever,” added Pike.

"And with online applications accounting for approximately 8 in 10 sent in, we’re happy we’ve helped contribute to this figure thanks to our website’s quick and easy application form."

“With the National Union of Students suggesting that a standard three-year degree was currently not part of ‘the norm’ for teenagers, it just goes to show that attitudes towards a vocational pursuit is changing, and that investing in an apprenticeship is a worthwhile scheme.”

Seeking hands-on guidance whilst on a paid placement? Join the thousands of apprentices enrolling with QA Apprenticeships by contacting 0845 074 7825 – and choose from the award-winning IT apprenticeships available now for the opportunity to start working with some of the country’s best employers.

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