More people believe apprenticeships are of greater value to society than graduates


New research by YouGov has revealed that people believe NVQs, apprenticeships and on the job training are of greater value to society than university graduates.

Nearly 6 in 10 people (59%) believe young people undertaking national vocational qualifications (NVQs), apprenticeships or on the job training would most benefit society, while just 7% believe we need more university graduates.

70% of people aged 55+ believe practical training (NVQs, apprenticeships and on the job training) are of most value to society, while only 46% of people aged between 16 and 24 believe the same. Just 4% of people aged 55+ believe more university graduates would benefit society, while 14% of people aged 16 - 24 believe the same.

Pret A Manger is just one company promoting the alternatives to university through its School Leavers Programme, which is now in its fourth year.

Kate Nicholls, Pret A Manger’s school leavers programme manager, says: “We don’t expect our participants to have lots of work experience under their belts or a CV full of qualifications. Instead, we are looking for passionate, enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are excited by their next challenge and raring to get going.

“Our school leavers really benefit as they earn and continue to learn. They gain real life work skills and grow in confidence. We have seen such a lot of passion and enthusiasm from the young people who have joined us. They have shown a lot of potential and talent and we know they will continue to grow with us."

The Uni’s not for me research is published as increasing numbers of young people, their parents and teachers, are questioning the value of a university degree. A survey by Which last year showed that a fifth of students thought their degrees were not worth the fees.