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EDP says Apprenticeships are no longer inferior to degrees

Added by Apprenticeships Norfolk on 24/06/2015 3:14pm

Young female apprentice in science labDuring this exam and graduation season, many of us will be doing our best to either steer our young people through what can be a difficult time - or rocking gently in the bathroom until the pain goes away.

That said, our stress levels can be nothing compared to young people asked to start thinking about what they want to do with the rest of their lives as early as 13. (Although, we didn't have innovative career initiatives like the soon-to-be launched 'Future You' app to ease some of that pain. Send your young person to www.futureyounorfolk.com to find out more.)

Coupled with the usual exam pressures, some angst is also attributable to schools still pushing the academic agenda to the near exclusion of other viable choices. Take apprenticeships.

Gone are the days when apprenticeships were deemed the ugly sister to a university education. Today's apprenticeships run the gamut of nearly every industry, offering on-the-job training, a regular wage and superb career prospects. It is also worth noting that some higher level apprenticeships are directly comparable with university degrees.

Among those raising awareness of the value of apprenticeships is Norfolk County Council, who celebrate annually those who have successfully completed an apprenticeship. This year's ceremonies are being held in Kings Lynn and Norwich on July 9th and 17th respectively. See www.apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org for more information about apprenticeships in Norfolk and on these upcoming graduation events.

And if you are wishing you could go back in time and give on-the-job training a try, you will be pleased to learn that today's apprenticeships are not the sole domain of the young. So whilst exploring non-university choices with your young person, maybe you too can find another pathway to a fulfilling career.

Melinda Fargo
writing for The Eastern Daily Press