Teenagers keen on alternative to study

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More young people are turning to apprenticeships as an alternative to higher education, according to a recent survey.

Website GetMyFirstJob saw an 118 per cent increase in the number of registrations on A-level results day, last month, compared to last year.

The site matches young people to apprenticeships offered by a range of employers across a variety of sectors.

On GCSE results day registrations were up by 31 per cent compared to 2014.

Overall, the site saw a 58 per cent rise in young people interested in an apprenticeship compared to last year, with candidate registrations rising from 130,000 in May 2014 to 206,000 in September 2015.

Industries including the finance, manufacturing, social media and digital marketing have seen an 150 per cent increase in interests.

David Allison, CEO of GMFJ, said: “Apprenticeships are increasingly seen as a great alternative to university. Not only are young people able to gain professional qualifications that are recognised in their future professions, but they are able to gain the practical experience that makes them incredibly employable.

“And apprentices are not only able to avoid the very significant student debt that graduates will incur, but they will actually be paid whilst they are learning.

“Every young person – and their parents – should make sure they understand the alternatives when choosing the best route for them.”

For more information and to see the range of apprentices on offer throughout the region and the country, visit www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk