Many people believe that apprenticeships could offer young people a better chance of getting a job than a degree, a poll suggests.

New research suggests there is growing recognition that following the traditional academic route ofgoing to university is not the only way into the workplace.

More than a third of adults say they believe that a degree-level apprenticeship would be better for a young person’s career prospects, while just over a fifth (21%) backed university study as the best option.

The poll was one of a series of surveys commissioned by the Sutton Trust charity and Pearson ahead of their international summit of apprenticeships and vocational education.

Around two fifths (41%) of those questioned said they think that most apprenticeships should be designed to be equivalent to A-levels.

Government data shows that two-thirds of the apprenticeships started by young people in 2012/13 were equivalent to GCSE, the trust said.

The survey also found that a fifth (20%) of the 1,729 adults polled wanted these schemes to be the same standard as a degree while almost quarter (24%) said they should be equal to GCSEs.

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