Children are ‘‘too clever for an apprenticeship’’

Less than half of all parents understand the meaning of a higher apprenticeship, with one in ten claiming that their children are “too clever for an apprenticeship or school leaver programme.’’

Research group AllAboutSchoolLeavers surveyed over 10,000 school and college students, along with 1,000 parents, 500 teachers and 280 careers advisors.

They were all quizzed on a number of apprenticeship topics, including parent’s decision making, careers guidance practice and subject teacher knowledge of school leaver options. All of the answers have been compiled into the 2015 School and College Leaver annual research report.

The report reveals that only 40 per cent of parents understand the meaning of a higher apprenticeship, which is worrying as the study also shows that parents are the greatest influence on students’ career decisions.

Teachers are calling out to be educated on apprenticeships, because although 96.5 per cent of teachers are aware of university as an option for school and college leavers, over 80 per cent of teachers wish they knew more about non-university options.

For school and college graduates, the prospect of going to university is becoming less and less attractive, with just over half (54.33 per cent) of all students saying that they are only considering university as an option for their future.

‘‘As fewer people go to university and begin to take on non-university routes, employers must think about balancing the size of their graduate and school leaver intakes. The supply of vacancies must match the changing demands of the market,’’ commented Jack Denton, co-founder of AllAboutSchoolLeavers.