New report finds apprentices have better employment prospects

A new report from the Association of Accounting Technicians has concluded that apprenticeships must be on equal footing with university degrees.

With the release of the latest NEET figures, the study has highlighted the role apprenticeships play in getting school and college leavers into work.

Industry experts are calling upon the government today to give a greater priority to and focus on vocational courses over university degrees, after a major report revealed that apprenticeships could result in comparable earnings to a university graduate.

Whilst 44% of graduates are predicted to be either underemployed or unemployed six months after leaving full time education, the report reveals that just 4.5% of those with Level 4 vocational qualifications are unemployed.