Rok research claims an apprenticeship makes for a better employee than a university degree
David Woods, August 27, 2010
Completing an apprenticeship can be better preparation for the world of work than gaining a university qualification, new research reveals.
A survey of Rok's 132 apprentices in Scotland revealed 94% believe their decision to gain experience in the building industry will do more to increase their career options and employability than studying for a university degree.
At a time when UCAS is urging unsuccessful university applicants to look at other ways to develop their careers, apprenticeships are becoming increasingly attractive to young people wanting to develop skills and experience in a tough economic climate.
Rok’s apprentices also urged the Government to increase the levels of support available throughout their training, with 64% stating more support is required.
Rok's managing director in Scotland, Andy Mallice said: "At Rok, we are big believers in developing the workforce of tomorrow by investing in young apprentices today.
"We work hard to provide our apprentices with opportunities and training that gives them the essential skills and experience for a successful career in the industry.
"This research shows that our apprentices are confident their training will benefit them in finding work throughout their future career and give them a valuable head-start in a today's tough economic environment.
"The results also reinforce what Rok and the building industry at large has been saying for some time; Scotland must invest in the skills base now and provide young apprentices with adequate support or we will face a serious skills gap in the future."
The survey results were revealed in advance of Rok’s Apprentice Awards Ceremony on last night.