48% of school leavers consider apprenticeships

According to new research from British Gas, 48% of school leavers in Reading would consider an apprenticeship over going to university.

21% of 15-to-19-year-olds considered apprenticeships to avoid big student debts while 18% believed it would increase their chances of getting a job. 15% said they thought they would be paid more if they followed the apprenticeship route.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “With over 1.8 million starts since 2010 and our reforms to improve the rigour and quality, apprenticeships are now a respected and rewarding route into the world of work.We are putting employers in the driving seat of the design and delivery of apprenticeships so they can be equipped with the skills their businesses need to grow to compete.”