When you finish school, you are presented with many options. Do you go straight into full-time work? What about the university or apprenticeship debate? At a young age, it can be hard to know what to do, especially when you are trying to look so far into the future.

Here, we are going to look at the difference between university and apprenticeships and uncover which we think is best. Keep reading to find out more.

Job Prospects

One of the most important things to consider in the university or apprenticeship debate is the job prospects at the end. Many people believe that university opens a lot of doors and this is true for many people. Of course, when it comes to digital marketing, IT and other industries, you will find that those with experience will get the job. With an apprenticeship, you can gain real industry experience that might not be possible if you were at university.

The Cost

One of the issues with university for many people is that it is extremely expensive. In Scotland, you can take advantage of SAAS to pay for your fees but if you want to head to other parts of the UK then it will cost you thousands per year. With an apprenticeship, you don’t need to worry about fees as there is funding in place to cover you. You’ll even get a wage for the work that you do on your placement.

The Qualifications

When you go to university, you will leave with a degree in whatever subject you decided to study. With an apprenticeship, you will finish with a diploma which is seen by employers as something which is desirable as it often comes paired with lots of experience. On top of this, you can gain your apprenticeship diploma in a quarter of the time that it takes you to finish your university degree – who could say no to that?

Final Verdict

As you can see, apprenticeships are often the better option for many people who want to gain experience as well as a qualification. If you are thinking about applying for an apprenticeship after school instead of heading off to university then make sure to get in touch with SET Training. We’ll always be happy to answer any of your questions.

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