National Apprenticeship Week

Wed.13.Mar.2013 GMT

The number of young people applying to go to university has fallen since the inflated rise in tuition fees last year. So options for this age group seem to be limited, but are they?

Industry experts are calling upon the government to give a greater priority to vocational qualifications, after a major report revealed that apprenticeships could result in comparable earnings to a university graduate. Apprenticeships in vocational qualifications such as accountancy should be seen as an alternative to university as they provide the opportunity to earn while you learn and provide a more direct route to employment.

Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes however some, such as the AAT accountancy apprenticeship, not only provide students with practical learning, but they also involve a degree of classroom learning; which students attend for a set amount of time whilst they are working through the programme. This can involve taking assessments but unlike school and university which dictate when a timetable, the student has the freedom and flexibility to choose when they would like to take the assessment, to ensure it fits in with their schedule, giving them power in their education.  

Watch our video where we look at the positive benefits available from apprenticeships. Our video features two girls whose decisions to do an AAT apprenticeship in accountancy were influenced from a variety of factors.

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