Parents’ Perceptions of Apprenticeships Changing

  • Last updated 26 Sep 2018

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.


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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