Only a quarter of young people told about apprenticeships

The Barclays LifeSkills Youth Barometer has highlighted that just a quarter of young people between the ages of 14-25 were told about apprenticeships in school.

Kirstie Mackey, head of LifeSkills for Barclays, said careers advice was a crucial part of education, and found the figures troubling. She said: “While some young people will thrive through purely academic routes, others will fare better in vocational routes like apprenticeships. We see this first hand at Barclays, where we run both award-winning graduate and apprenticeship schemes side by side. The most important thing for any pupil is to know that they have options open to them whenever they leave full-time education.”

On the up side, over half of the 2,000 surveyed said they thought apprenticeships were the best way to land a job.