Apprenticeships – what do young people think?

27th April 2015

A NCFE survey that targeted 1000 18-24 year olds to find out what young people in the UK thought of their post-school options has found that there is still much pressure on students to go to university and that a knowledge gap around other options has led to few considering Apprenticeships.

Of the 1000 participants who completed the survey that was carried out during six days in March, 40 per cent of females and 27 per cent of males said that they were under pressure to go to University., whilst only 12 per cent said that they were considering doing a vocational course.

In addition, 40 per cent of respondents felt that more focus should be given to apprenticeships as a career route, but only 20 per cent of 18-19 year olds said that they would consider an apprenticeship as a career route and 37 per cent of those who answered said that apprenticeships were unpaid. Furthermore, 43 per cent said that there was not enough opportunities for apprenticeships.

Lastly, 27 per cent of females felt that there was a lack of focus on career paths from teachers and more than half (54 per cent) of respondents who were 18-19 said they would vote.

NCFE have urged the future government to do more to support schools in properly informing students of the benefits of all forms of further education and vocational training, and the career paths that can follow.

You can view the infographic of the results here.