Director Will Tanner authored a letter for The Financial Times, setting out how apprenticeships serve as a great alternative to low-value degrees. He writes:
“There are many reasons to expand UK universities but subsidising young people to make themselves poorer is not one of them. It should be unconscionable to university leaders that nearly a fifth of graduates earn less than if they had not gone at all and nearly half of recent graduates are in non-graduate roles […..] The government spends more underwriting the student loan costs of creative arts, business and social studies graduates each year than it budgets for apprenticeships. It is inescapable that we need more good apprenticeships and fewer low-value degrees.”
Read the full letter here.
Matt Burnett, Onward's Head of Science and Technology and lead author of new report 'Rocket Science', wrote an op-ed for City AM on the report's findings.