A degree is no longer the golden ticket to a career it once was and with increased tuition fees it’s an expensive way to find out what you don’t want to be.
Encouragingly, in research just released by the Edge Foundation and City & Guilds, it is clear that parents are making the connection between high-quality vocational training and employability.
In our survey of over 3500 parents, 57 per cent said that a young person with a plumbing qualification or apprenticeship was ‘very employable’ – significantly higher than if they opt for a History, English or Foreign Languages degree.
There were similarly encouraging results for construction and automotive engineering qualifications (43 per cent and 44 per cent respectively). While only 12 per cent of those with a Social Sciences degree were perceived as ‘very employable’.
However, while in theory parents are making the link between practical qualifications and employability, in practice, the belief that a degree is the key to success still prevails and only 16 per cent of parents hoped their child would take an apprenticeship.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Apprenticeships: changing the ‘not for my child’ attitudes – Telegraph.
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