5 Reasons Why Apprenticeships Are Better Than Going To Uni
University isn’t for everyone, and it isn’t necessarily the best route either. Especially when recent statistics show that half of university graduates actually end up in non-graduate jobs, taking with them around £44,000 worth of debt. Here are our 5 reasons why apprenticeships could actually be better than going to university.
1. Money, money, money
Unlike university, when you have an apprenticeship you earn a salary whilst you learn (plus the apprenticeship training you receive is free!). Granted, it won’t be a high salary, but it is enough to provide you with the things you want. University in comparison has yearly tuition fees starting at £9,000, which is set to increase, plus accommodation fees. An apprenticeship means you won’t come out with any debt, meaning you will have a better credit rating.
2. Valuable on-the-job experience
Doing an apprenticeship gives you real workplace experience, and will direct you immediately onto the career ladder, giving you the chance to find out what is best for you. A university degree is three years long, and set in an academic environment which is not really akin to to the average workplace. Your interests can change over the three year degree time period too, and you may come out of it feeling uninspired.
Businesses are drawn to taking on apprentices, because they are a big support of UK businesses. Not only this, but some employers prefer their employees having practical hands-on workplace experience rather than just a degree. A recent survey of 500 of the top firms in England even found that apprentices are 15% more employable compared to those with other qualifications.
4. What’s on paper…
Those who go to university come out with a formal undergraduate qualification by the end (a Bachelor’s Degree), and apprentices also come out with a formal qualification (such as an NVQ or BTEC). Apprenticeships save you a lot of money in the long run, even though both an apprenticeship and a degree produce professional qualifications – but only apprenticeship qualifications are free.
5. Do it like the pros
An added bonus of doing an apprenticeship is that you will be able to learn from the professionals who are renowned for what they do. University arguably offers this, but only in the field of academia. Overall, you will be able to get an on-the-job look into how particular processes are done, by the people who know what they’re doing.