Apprenticeships on the agenda at roundtable discussion

A recent roundtable on apprenticeships hosted by the Guardian and sponsored by BPP Professional Apprenticeships highlighted that actions must be made to ensure apprenticeships are seen as equal to university degrees.

Employers, trainers and politicians at the roundtable criticised schools for not providing enough apprenticeship information to students. A school’s success is still measured on the number of students which go on to university; therefore schools are more inclined to promote degrees over apprenticeships to boost their reputation.

Additionally there was some concern surrounding the different levels of apprenticeships and what they equate to. Jane Scott Paul, chief executive at the Association of Accounting Technicians, said that the focus should be on the outcome; either you are qualified or not.