High tuition fees boost school leaver schemes and apprenticeships


Rise in fees causes young people to look for alternative routes

The rise in fees has seen students shun university for other options such as school leaver schemes or apprenticeships. Young people are realising that there are other, perhaps more practical options than the traditional university pathway.

Apprenticeships are beneficial to both young people and employers. Employers have the chance to mould the young person into the way of their business, and young people get to earn a wage as they learn transferable skills. In August 2012 it was recorded that 15,000 apprenticeship positions were available in 1,400 job roles. Large corporate companies anticipate a rise in the number of apprentices they employ, suggesting that in the future they will have more school leavers than university graduates on their workforce.