Students will be able to take a look at a wider choice of options when deciding what to do when they leave school, as UCAS has confirmed it will advertise more apprenticeship opportunities, as well as undergraduate degrees.
One of the main barriers for young people pursuing apprenticeships is a lack of knowledge or understanding about them. That is why having them offered alongside degrees could encourage more sixth formers to consider becoming an apprentice.
Half of those who register on UCAS claim they would consider doing an apprenticeship, so from 2024, it is expanding its services so they can apply for one.
Clare Marchant, chief executive of UCAS, said: “Presenting students with all their choices in one place will not only transform the apprenticeship offering but create real parity by putting these options side-by-side with undergraduate courses.”
Education secretary Gillian Keegan, who revealed the news during National Apprenticeship Week, also wants to enhance the UCAS website so it offers a wider variety of occupations, training, and education opportunities for students.
Speaking about her own experience having done an apprenticeship, Ms Keegan stated: “I learnt the skills that businesses truly value and it launched my career in international business.”
Currently, UCAS has information and guidance on becoming an apprentice, including suggestions on how to apply for one, and advice on how they work, as well as some opportunities.
Some people might not be aware that a higher apprenticeship is the same level as an undergraduate degree and a degree apprenticeship from an apprenticeship provider is on par with a master’s degree.