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Apprenticeships v degrees

At the start of National Apprenticeship Week a new study conducted by CV-Library, an independent jobs board, has revealed that over two thirds (67%) of engineering professionals would choose to do an apprenticeship over studying for a degree.

The survey found that 66% believe that apprenticeships are actually better for a person’s career prospects.

The survey of 1,200 UK workers revealed that nearly 40% of engineering professionals haven’t done an apprenticeship, but that 97% thought that an apprenticeship could provide a worker with the skills needed to succeed in their career.

This research found that engineers thought apprenticeships provided workers with qualifications, skills and industry knowledge and provided fantastic work experience.

But while 94% of engineering professionals think apprenticeships can be helpful for bridging the skills gap, 97% think more could be done to promote such schemes – and 50% though the government should be doing more.

While that’s a fair point shouldn’t more businesses be pulling their weight?

As the report suggests, employers should seriously consider more applicants who have done an apprenticeship and they should certainly be looking to better advertise the opportunities their firm can offer students.

Neil Tyler

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