School leavers don’t receive enough information on apprenticeships, new survey reveals

Nearly half (44 per cent) of school leavers said there was not enough information available to them about the benefits of apprenticeships, according to a new survey by Busy Bees Training.

Whilst 44 per cent of school leavers felt there wasn’t any information available to them about apprenticeships, 36 per cent actually said there was no guidance available from their school or college at all.

Of the school leavers surveyed, just over a third said they would not consider an apprenticeship at all as a career option, whilst four out of ten told that they were not aware that funding was available for adult learners.

“Limited information, advice and guidance is provided by education providers on vocational routes, particularly to those deemed ‘too intelligent’ to enrol onto an apprenticeship programme,” said Busy Bees Training manager, Fay Gibbin.

She stressed that more needs to be done at school level to allow students to explore alternatives to university when making choices about academic and vocational qualifications, including apprenticeships, and for students to consider whether a degree is a necessary route for their chosen career path.

“Higher apprenticeships are available, with Level 4 and 5 the equivalent to a higher education certificate, a higher education diploma or a foundation degree, and Level 6 is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

“We are working to change people’s attitudes towards apprenticeships, and want schools and colleges to give correct, impartial information about apprenticeships, making sure school leavers have all the information available to them about their next step on the career ladder,” she added.