Stigma stays amongst college students about apprenticeships versus levels – survey

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tigma and dated views stay round apprenticeships as being second-rate to a college diploma, a survey has urged.

Graduate careers service Prospects stated views of apprenticeship content material on its web site have dropped by 7% in contrast with final yr, whereas views on recommendation for entering into college have elevated by 38%.

The Prospects Early Careers Survey from training know-how organisation Jisc discovered that whereas 60% of college and faculty college students surveyed stated they’re hoping to do an undergraduate diploma at college, simply 12% wish to do an apprenticeship.

Some 39% of these opting to go to college stated they assume a level has a greater repute than an apprenticeship, and one in 10 stated their dad and mom are towards the apprentice route.

Just below half (43%) of scholars surveyed whose dad and mom went to college stated a level has a greater repute, and 13% stated they might not take the apprenticeship route due to their dad and mom’ views.

In the meantime, amongst college students whose dad and mom didn’t go to college, a decrease share – one third – stated a level has a greater repute than an apprenticeship and eight% stated their dad and mom are towards the apprenticeship route.

The outcomes of the survey – which had 5,255 responses from college students and graduates in January and February this yr – additionally urged faculty college students are most reliant on their households for careers recommendation (65%), quite than going to lecturers (57%) and careers professionals (35%).

Chris Rea, careers skilled at Prospects for Jisc, stated: “Careers that have been as soon as solely accessible by means of increased training at the moment are viable routes for individuals who need to do an apprenticeship.

Dated views place apprenticeships as second-rate to college and an possibility extra appropriate for low-attaining college students

“Nonetheless, regardless of the equality of esteem apprenticeships have acquired within the eyes of presidency and educators, some stigma stays within the public thoughts.

“Dated views place apprenticeships as second-rate to college and an possibility extra appropriate for low-attaining college students, however fashionable apprenticeships are a really completely different profession alternative to when many dad and mom have been in school.

“Specifically, diploma apprenticeships supply another approach of accessing increased training whereas additionally gaining priceless work expertise.”

This yr, round 1,000 college students will get outcomes for the primary wave of T-level topics – launched in 2020 – that are equal in dimension to 3 A-levels and are supposed to assist younger individuals progress to expert employment, college or apprenticeships.

In the meantime, a separate survey of some 500 employers urged 74% are much less fascinated about college levels than a decade in the past.

The analysis for jobs web site Certainly urged employers think about a robust work ethic (62%) and a willingness to be taught (63%) to be the largest attributes for individuals wanting a profitable profession, valuing them greater than somebody having a superb college diploma (13%) or excessive A-level outcomes (11%).


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