Drop in young people applying to university

The Guardian reports today on new research conducted by City & Guilds which suggests that just under half of young people (47%) are less likely to apply to university following the increase in fees.

Of the 1,000 pupils surveyed, aged between 14 and 19, more than a quarter (29%) are considering alternative education such as vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, a quarter (24%) will go straight into employment and nearly a fifth (16%) will look for work experience or take a gap year.

The survey also highlighted that schools are still failing to highlight alternatives to university. Whilst 75% of pupils were told about their university options only 49% received information on vocational qualifications.

“University is still seen as superior, even though many are suited to – and therefore should pursue – more hands-on learning”, said Chris Jones, City & Guilds CEO. “Practical, work-based learning provides a valuable career progression route and gives learners the skills and confidence to succeed.”

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Nicki, Business Director

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