Teachers would like to understand more about non-university routes


Teachers are twice as likely to be aware of university options as they are of Apprenticeships or school leaver programmes when advising their students.

A survey has found that 97 per cent of teachers are aware of university as an option for school and college leavers. However, knowledge of Apprenticeships is much lower – between and 40 to 50 per cent for Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships. 

When it comes to school leaver programmes, only around 30 per cent of teachers said they were aware of the options for their students.

The findings have come from the annual School and College Leaver Report, involving responses from 10,000 students, 1,000 parents and 500 teachers, among others.

In the study, students said they were 20 per cent more likely to speak to their subject teachers than to careers advisors about their career options. However, 82 per cent of teachers said they wanted to know more about non-university routes and 99 per cent want to hear from employers who offer Apprenticeships, school leaver programmes and sponsored degrees. 

Elsewhere, the study finds that parents continue to have the greatest influence on students’ career decisions – with 80 per cent of the students saying they would turn to parents rather than teachers for advice. 

However, 45 per cent of the students said that pressure from their parents was the main reason they had not explored alternatives to university study. 

Furthermore, only 40 per cent of parents know what a Higher Apprenticeship is, while 11 per cent think that their children are “too clever” for an Apprenticeship or school-leaver programme.

Parents, too, were likely to turn to teachers for information – with 78 per cent of subject teachers reporting being asked about careers during parents’ evenings.

Elsewhere, the findings show that January, February and March are the most likely times for students to be undertaking careers research, with face-to-face engagement with employers being listed as having the most impact by 57 per cent of students.

Jack Denton, co-founder of AllAboutSchoolLeavers – a careers information website which ran the research – said: “As fewer people go to university and begin to take on non-university routes, employers must think about balancing the size of their graduate and school leaver intakes. 

“The supply of vacancies must match the changing demands of the market.”


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