Apprenticeships better than university, majority of parents claim

Our research for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has found that 59% of the 800 parents surveyed agree that an apprenticeship provides better job opportunities than going to university.

Just over half (51%) said they would encourage their child to apply for an apprenticeship instead of applying to go to university and just under half of those surveyed agreed that, generally speaking, vocational qualifications are better than academic qualifications.

On T-levels (new technical courses, equivalent to A-levels), just 29% of those surveyed said they know anything about the qualifications. This has improved from 23% who said the same last year.

After given a short description of the courses, 72% said they think T-levels will help prepare young people with the skills needed for the workforce.

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