Daily Mail is reporting that more school leavers should join companies and work their way up from the shop floor instead of taking a degree, the Education Secretary says.
Damian Hinds believes three years’ experience at entry level can be just as valuable as university, as it fosters a deep ‘understanding of the craft’.
Workers can earn while they learn rather than being saddled with up to £50,000 of debt at university.
Mr Hinds’s father started out as an apprentice pharmacist aged 17 and worked his way up to a senior role at what is now Glaxosmithkline.
Mr Hinds yesterday launched a campaign to make sixth formers and their parents aware of the opportunities his new apprenticeships afford.
The firms involved usually recruit graduates. They include Siemens, Capgemini, Ernst & Young, Lloyds Bank, Glaxosmithkline, Coca-Cola, PwC, IBM and Nestle.
Mr Hinds said many pupils still thought university was the only route, which he called a ‘one-track thought’. He added: ‘We have to change perceptions. In the past few years there really has been this renaissance in apprenticeships.’
Apprenticeships are partly funded via a levy on firms.
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