Education | Three quarters of Brits opt for apprenticeships over degrees

Three quarters of Brits opt for apprenticeships over degrees

Research from CV-Library has revealed that a massive 74% of Brits would opt to do an apprenticeship over studying for a degree.

The survey, which polled over 1,200 UK workers, also highlighted that over half of Brits believe that apprenticeships are better for a person’s career prospects over traditional further education.

Whilst 76% of Brits don’t currently have an apprenticeship, 93% of those polled believe that an apprenticeship can provide a worker with all of the necessary skills that they need to succeed in their chosen career path.

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Whilst further education is readily promoted at school-level, nearly 30% of respondents believe that more information should be provided to students in education and over a quarter would like to see more businesses promoting such schemes at career fairs. 

“It’s not overly surprising that the public feels so strongly about the benefits of apprenticeships,” said Founder and CEO of CV-Library Lee Biggins. “Not only do they provide workers with qualifications, skills and industry knowledge, they also give individuals fantastic experience, so that they’re ready to contribute to your company right away!”

Cities where apprenticeships are preferred

Whilst a degree is still in-demand in the majority of workplaces, some industries in various cities favour internships over higher education; the top five are:

1. Aberdeen, Cardiff, Lincoln – 95%

2. Liverpool – 93.3%

3. Glasgow – 88.9%

4. Cambridge – 87.5%

5. Leeds – 86.7%

What can companies do to credit apprenticeships?

“My advice to companies would be to seriously consider more applicants who have done an apprenticeship and to create more opportunities for them within your own firm,” added Biggins. “These schemes, as proved by the data, could help to bridge the skills gap, aid the economy and play a vital role in training a worker with specific and relevant knowledge of the sector,” he concluded.

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