Myth Busting

If your child is considering their next steps, whether that’s to continue in education or to find employment. There’s no reason that it can’t be both. Apprenticeships are a credible alternative to university but there remains a number of myths surrounding them which may have previously deterred you from encouraging your son or daughter to consider them as a serious career option.It’s our pleasure to explode those myths now and to present you with the truth about apprenticeships and what makes them perfect for many young people.


  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education
  • Higher apprenticeships are available in 40 subjects
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship (includes 2% self-employed!)
  • 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer who trained them
  • 82% said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job and 79% said that their career prospects had improved
  • More than 850,000 people were earning and learning on an Apprenticeship in 2013 to 2014
  • Up to 25,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online at any one time
  • 3 million more apprenticeships promised by government before 2020


1Apprenticeships are only available for traditional, blue collar jobs
There are now more than 250 different types of apprenticeships offering over 1,400 job roles. These range from accountancy to textiles, engineering to veterinary nursing, and business administration to construction, with 55% of apprenticeships now taken up by women.
2University students have better career prospects
The average retention rate for apprentices among top employers currently sits at 91%. Apprentices report that many of their peer equivalents are struggling to get jobs. In fact, the success rate for getting on an apprenticeship is currently higher than a graduate position.
3University graduates earn more money than former apprentices
Although graduates typically start work after university at a higher wage, this doesn't take into account the debt they have to repay. Apprentices begin earning the moment they step through the door of their employer and are entitled to at least the national minimum wage but many employers will pay more than this. Apprenticeships and school-leaver programmes must also be seen as an investment in future career opportunities and earnings. As skills develop, many employers increase wages.
4Apprenticeships are a last resort
It is a serious misconception that apprenticeships aren’t for top students but are for people who can’t make it into university. On the contrary they are a credible, valuable alternative to university education and viewed by many as a more secure way of entering the world of employment and progressing once there.

Consider Apprenticeships in a different light now?

If you think the world of Apprenticeships is one in which your child will fit perfectly, encourage them to get in touch with us today to see what’s on offer. We have relationships with many regional and national employers who are just waiting to commit and invest in the right employee. Call us now for a no obligation chat or fill out our short form to request a callback.