Have apprenticeships finally come of age in the UK?

Apprenticeships have long seen as poor relations to university courses, but that is changing. Work-based programmes leading to degree-level qualifications could be key to solving the UK’s skills crisis

Tens of thousands of A-level students missed out on their first-choice university courses this year. Competition for places in the clearing system was tougher than it has been in living memory, while even high achievers had their dreams of studying medicine and dentistry crushed, as only 16% of applications for these popular courses were accepted. 

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