Wednesday 22 May 2019

College is not for everyone...Over two-thirds of young adults consider an apprenticeship

The research agreed that college was not for everyone
The research agreed that college was not for everyone
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

A recent survey carried out by the Insurance Institute has found that 62pc of young adults would consider undertaking an apprenticeship.

The research was released alongside the launch of the 2017 insurance practitioner apprenticeship, Ireland’s only level 8-degree apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship, which will have over 100 places available nationwide, is a three year programme that enables apprentices to work for an insurance employer, earn a salary, while also studying for a BA Hons in insurance practice.

“The programme is Government funded, so students only pay €600 in registration fees annually. This makes it very affordable for potential candidates to kick start their career in a global and dynamic industry, where they will benefit from exceptional on the job experience, all whilst advancing their skills and working towards a Degree,” Sandra Harvey Graham, Apprenticeship Programme Manager at The Insurance Institute, said.

The research, which surveyed both young adults and parents, found that 77pc of young adults agreed that college was not for everyone.

Interestingly, only 11pc of young adults and one in ten parents believe there are enough apprenticeships offered in areas of interest in Ireland.


Cost and affordability was found to be the main concern in relation to third level education among young adults, while over half the young people surveyed said that that the prospect of securing a job when they finish is a key concern.

Similarly, almost two-thirds of parents surveyed said they were concerned about their children’s chances of getting a job when they complete third level education. While 57pc of parents surveyed said the cost and affordability of college is a worry for them.

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