Findings from the university Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) shows that young people can now have an equally high earning career – without going to university, with apprenticeships.

The TEF, which aims to recognise and reward excellence in teaching and learning, and help inform prospective students’ choices for higher education, found that young people on a level five apprenticeship (which comes without debt), are now earning an average £34,220 per annum over lifetime earnings. This is just £1,300 or just 3.6% per annum less than a traditional degree from a non-Russell Group university.

This means that young people don’t necessarily need to go to university in order to gain the qualifications for a well-paying career, instead they have free degree apprenticeship options available.

See more about the TEF here.