The majority of parents view apprenticeships as better value than a university degree when it comes to their children’s future, according to a new survey
An overwhelming 84% also consider training to be an electrician, plumber, or indeed any manual or skilled trade within the construction industry is undervalued by society.
Against the backdrop of a skills shortage in the sector, employers are keen to persuade more youngsters to take a fresh look at the variety of construction jobs on offer. The survey results show the majority of parents are onside.
The poll of 2,000 parents across the UK, carried out by YouGov for careers platform Talentview Construction, reveals that more than half (52%) believe an apprenticeship is better value than a degree and nearly a third (28%) that it is equal.
“Being paid on the job and while training is a big incentive,” said Talentview Construction engagement director Christian Warden.
The wage of an apprentice compared to the cost of a university degree also leaves a lot to consider. The average cost of university tuition fees alone is estimated to be in the region of £27,750.
In addition, the average student debt after finishing a course at university is estimated to be more than £43,000.
An apprentice, on the other hand, must receive at least the minimum wage, but is also paid for the time they spend studying. Pay can then rise quickly, depending on experience.
A quarter of former apprentices secure a promotion within 12 months of qualifying, according to Department for Education research.
More than 151,000 started an advanced apprenticeship in England in 2021-22, according to the to the latest House of Commons Library statistics.
“From an industry point of view, we are determined to highlight the benefits and variety of apprenticeships on offer in the construction industry,” said Warden. “Both apprenticeships and job opportunities will be on the [Talentview Construction] site and there is the option to search for either a job or an apprenticeship and to register as being interested in either.
“Britain must demonstrate that apprenticeships provide a golden future for thousands of youngsters.”