Traditionally, education at college or university is perceived as the route for high achievers and academic types, while apprenticeships are a secondary offering, a kind of consolation prize education for those who haven?t made the grades to get into further education. Many believe that apprenticeships are geared towards those looking to work in blue collar and manual vocations, like engineering or building. In actual fact, this couldn?t be further from the truth; it?s such an outdated and old-fashioned view of the education system. The system has progressed a lot since those days; we?re just waiting for the public?s understanding and perceptions to catch up!Young people are gaining the courage and confidence they need to turn away from a traditional university route and go against the tide. There have been a lot of expos?s on the university choice, from scrutinising the spiralling costs through to the lack of employment options after graduation due to all the competition, and many people are beginning to wake up to the alternatives. It?s just a case of developing this further and encouraging the public to realise that great success can come as a result of an apprenticeship. Essentially, apprenticeships enable people to gain an education steeped in real experience, with hands-on learning at the core of it. They are designed to prepare the apprentice for the job itself, aligned to the role, and also develop their skills so that they can progress in that environment. By contrast, a university course is generally based in the classroom, focusing on theoretical as well as, but sometimes instead of, practical learnings.
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