Alternatives to University

Half of young people less likely to go to university

06 April 2012

City & Guilds research shows young people are changing their education and training plans in light of university tuition fee increases.

Nearly half of young people (49%) are less likely to apply to university following the increase in tuition fees, according to new research by City & Guilds. As a result, over a quarter (29%) are considering alternative education, such as vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.

Meanwhile, almost a quarter (24%) will go straight into employment, and nearly a fifth (16%) will look for either an internship or work experience, or take a gap year.

However, the survey also revealed that despite these attitudes, careers advice within schools is still failing to highlight alternatives to university. While 75% had been advised on university, only 49% had received information on apprenticeships and 48% on vocational qualifications.

The data was released to mark VQ Day, led by the Edge foundation in conjunction with the vocational qualifications community.


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