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Apprentices 'can earn more' than graduates

Apprentices 'can earn more' than graduates

1 November 2015 Email this article

Taking a higher apprenticeship offers people the chance to earn more money than going to many universities, a survey from educational charity the Sutton Trust has found.

According to their study, youngsters who start their working lives with a Level 5 higher apprenticeship will bank £1.44 million over the course of their careers. That is around £50,000 more than someone who graduates from a non-Russell Group university, who are projected to earn around £1.39 million, the survey from the think-tank suggests.

The research also took the cost of going to university into account, as well as the high levels of debt many students end up with and the fact that apprentices have the opportunity to earn while they learn.

Calls are now being made to change the public perception of on-the-job training schemes so that they have the same status as degrees.  

In a poll published as part of the study, 80% of young people thought that going to university was the best route to a lucrative career. But Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said that taking an apprenticeship can also lead to success.

Writing in the foreword to the report, Mr Lampl said: “If undergraduate degrees are seen as a gold standard, these vocational qualifications are too often seen as 'second best', or a 'fall back option'.

“But some of the UK's most famous and successful entrepreneurs were formerly apprentices.

“Success can come through apprenticeships, but work is needed to boost their quantity and quality and change their public perception.”