Survey highlights misconceptions held by young adults surrounding apprenticeships

Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, Positive Outcomes conducted a survey amongst 227 adults aged between 16-24 years old to tackle the beliefs they had around apprenticeships, and why they may not consider this the right path for their future career.

The results show that the top concern for 88% was that the wages are too low.  It’s important for young people to realise that as an apprentice they are paid for working towards a qualification while learning their industry, opposed to paying university tuition fees and gaining no practical experience.  30% also thought they could earn more following a university degree instead of an apprenticeship, however it was recently shown by Sutton Trust that those who complete a Level 5 higher apprenticeship can earn just as more, or more, than those with a university degree in their future careers.

The survey went on to uncover that 41% of young people thought that apprenticeships ‘aren’t seen as a proper job’, and 22% of young people also believe that taking up an apprenticeship would mean that they are tied to that career or industry for the remainder of their working lives.  The beauty of an apprenticeship is that it gives people real experience in the workplace so they are in a better position to judge whether it is the right path for them.

At Aspire Training Team, we represent hundreds of apprentices over Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire who are all reaping the benefits of an apprenticeship.  Having an occupation in their chosen career path, earning a living while also learning important on-the-job skills are only a few of the reasons why apprenticeships can be the most suitable path for some young people, and National Apprenticeship Week this year will focus on those success stories of people who have risen to the top of their chosen field from starting as an apprentice.

To find out more about the benefits of becoming an apprentice, you can contact the Aspire Training Team on 01202 551553 or email


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