BAE Systems has seen an increase in applications for apprenticeship roles from those who would successfully qualify for UK university entry.
Richard Hamer, director for early careers and graduate recruitment, told Recruiter that the rise in tuition fees has contributed to the trend.
"We've always been fortunate in having capable people applying to our programmes but it is a recent thing to see [such] a high proportion. We are seeing more capable people applying to do apprenticeships as a route," he stated.
Mr Hamer told the news provider that he is in talks with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills regarding the best way to structure higher apprenticeships and establish different variations for school and college leavers.
According to research by MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, 47 per cent of A-level students plan to enter the world of work rather than go on to higher education, while 12 per cent are unsure of which path to take when they leave college.
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