04 Mar 60% of East Anglian Residents believe University isn’t worth the debt
Three fifths of East Anglian residents (60%) believe spending thousands of pounds on a university degree is not worth the debt when it comes to improving career chances, according to new research from Greene King.
The research, which was conducted for the UK’s leading hospitality apprenticeship provider to mark National Apprenticeship Week (4 – 8 March), found over three fifths (61%) would consider an apprenticeship as the most useful start to their career, and over four fifths (83%) see an apprenticeship as an attractive alternative to university. However, nearly two thirds (65%) believe there just aren’t enough apprenticeship schemes around.
Many think that apprenticeships should be made more accessible to those with a lower household income, with over half (56%) saying there should be more support to help them get into work.
One of the most important places that the next generation receives advice on what they should do in their careers is in the classroom. However, the survey revealed a shortfall in career advice at school. Over a third (36%) of most recent school leavers aged 18 to 24 found careers advice either not very useful OR not at all useful. Over a quarter (29%) 18 to 24-year olds said they weren’t offered careers advice at school at all.
Greene King, the UK’s leading pub company and brewer, works directly with schools and colleges to promote the opportunities available to students and offers an award-winning apprenticeship programme that has trained 11,000 people since 2011. As part of a series of commitments in the company’s Stepping Up report, which was published in January and looks at addressing social mobility, Greene King will support 20,000 apprentices by 2022.