CBI warns of ‘cliff-edge’ for university alternatives

The majority of young people are not being made aware of apprenticeships, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned.

The CBI stated that careers advice in British schools was “heading towards a cliff-edge” and that young people not interested in A levels and university needed to receive more information in order to make an informed choice about alternatives to university.

It pointed to the fact that, of 2,000 14 to 25-year-olds, just 26 per cent received information on apprenticeships, while 17 per cent were advised on vocational qualifications.

Only nine per cent were informed about starting their own businesses and 12 per cent about working for a small business. More than one in ten (11.8 per cent) received no advice at all on options available to them.

CBI director for employment and skills policy Neil Carberry said: “Careers guidance in England’s schools is heading towards a cliff-edge. Advice is scarce for young people not interested in being funnelled towards A levels and university. Exciting, potential life-changing career alternatives are being lost.

“There is a worrying shortage of skills in some of our key industries and if we don’t give young people the information they need to find apprenticeships or sign up to high-quality vocational training, this will only get worse.”

Mayer Brown and DAC Beachcroft launched apprenticeships this September (12 September 2013), while Addleshaw Goddard launched a transaction services apprenticeship in August (14 August 2013).