University degree ‘worth less than some apprenticeships’

A university degree is worth less than some apprenticeships, according to a survey which found that most employers would prefer to take on a “higher apprentice” than a graduate.graduation

Qualified apprentices scored four per cent higher on an “employability” scale than university graduates, and 15 per cent higher than the average of all other types of qualification.

People who had completed so-called “higher apprenticeships”, a new scheme which combines on-the-job training with education for school leavers, were considered 25 per cent more employable by a group of 500 employers.

Subjects in which the programme is available include Contact Centre Operations and “Work based learning for Practitioners” along with more traditional courses such as Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The survey was commissioned by the Department for Business as it launched an online guide to higher apprenticeships in 41 subjects which will be available to school leavers this year.

Employers rated on a scale of one to 10 how employable they considered people with a variety of different qualifications to be, with one being the least employable and 10 being the most.

People with higher, or degree-level, apprenticeships scored 7.98 overall while university graduates were ranked second highest with 7.58. The lowest scoring group was people with only GCSEs, who scored 5.14.

Higher apprenticeships allow participants to earn a wage while studying towards a degree-level qualification, and are offered by a range of businesses including management consultancies, public relations firms and science and engineering companies.

Advertisements

About dbda
dbda is a corporate social responsibility consultancy embracing education and safety in the community. We are privileged to work with a large number of blue chip corporate clients, Government organisations, charitable bodies, Institutes and local authorities. We also have a network of schools, professional bodies, associations, universities and partners, with whom we regularly work in collaboration.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: