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Parents: 'We love apprenticeships... just not for our kids'

Nine in ten parents think apprenticeships are a good option for young people, but less than a third say they’re the best option for their own children, according to CITB research released today.

Research from Demos, commissioned by the CITB, found that while 92 per cent of parents surveyed think apprenticeships are a good option for young people, less than a third (32 per cent) think they are the best option for their own son or daughter.

A separate poll by ComRes for CITB found that more than three-quarters of MPs believe careers advice favours academic qualifications over vocational education.

The research found that out of 152 MPs surveyed, 80 per cent agree that ‘full employment’ cannot be achieved without apprenticeships.

But a separate survey of 1,000 parents of 15 and 16-year-olds found that the majority (72 per cent) would prefer their children to go to university.

The CITB will today launch the ‘I’m Backing Apprenticeships’ campaign in parliament, with construction and skills inister Nick Boles (pictured) due to attend.

CITB director of policy Steve Radley said: “It goes without saying that parents want the best for their children, but for far too long university has been viewed as the best option to open up career paths.

“This is simply not true, and we need to change that perception. Apprentices learn a wide range of skills that help them not just gain employment, but lead to a fulfilling, successful career.

“Apprenticeships are also good for businesses, giving companies the skills they need to grow. That’s why boosting the quality and number of apprenticeships is absolutely vital.”



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