Parents’ Perceptions of Apprenticeships Changing

Choosing which route to take after university can be tricky at the best of times – most of all when your parents believe you should take one particular option. There have been prejudices against apprenticeships; many parents still maintain that university is the better path. But modern apprenticeships offer a progressive blend of training, qualifications and salary, and research shows parents’ perceptions of apprenticeships are starting to change – though there is still some way to go.

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Research on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering and BAE Systems asked over 2,000 parents of children aged 11 to 18 their opinions on apprenticeships. 46% stated they would encourage their children to pursue this route. 29% (almost a third of parents asked) said that they viewed apprenticeships as a viable option for their children. These parents stated that five years ago they would not have viewed an apprenticeship as a viable route to take after leaving school.

Opinions are slowly but surely moving towards a more positive stance on the apprenticeship route. Some of the UK’s top employers now offer school leaver and apprenticeship schemes in a number of industries, from accounting and engineering to banking and retail. On completion of a school leaver programme or apprenticeship a school leaver will be at the same level as someone who has just completed university. The government is encouraging the creation of more of these opportunities in the near future.

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