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Which is best apprenticeship or uni?

Going to university and studying for a degree has traditionally been considered the best route to a good job, but these days things are less clear. 

So what are the benefits of university compared to an apprenticeship?

 
Apprenticeship?  University?
Apprenticeships are a direct route into the work place. Your child can find a job and start climbing the career ladder right away. Universities offer a broad range of subjects to study. When your child finishes they'll have a broader range of careers to pursue.
Apprentices earn a salary while they learn, as well as avoiding thousands of pounds in student debt.  In some apprenticeships lifetime earnings can rival university graduates, depending on the type of apprenticeship being studied. The estimated lifetime earnings of those who go to top Russell Group universities is said to be higher than those who do not.
No longer dominated by manual trades and the engineering sector, apprenticeships are now available in IT, journalism, nuclear, fashion and more.  Search local apprenticeship opportunities to see what’s out there. Some professions in the business, engineering, healthcare and science sectors require you to have a degree. For example if you want to be a doctor then university is your only choice.
Employers value apprenticeships because they help to create employees with experience as well as communication, problem solving and teamwork skills. Employers respect graduates because of the depth of knowledge and transferable skills, such as critical thinking, a degree provides.

Both university and apprenticeships are good choices - it’s about taking the time to consider what qualifications your child already has, what they’d like to study, what their financial situation is and what they’d like to do in the future. Do some research and you'll be able to help them choose the best option for them.

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