Emily Scott, a procurement and supply chain apprentice at HS2, says perceptions have changed among people she knows since she started her apprenticeship.
“It has changed a lot of people’s minds, especially with my family,” she says.
“One of the big things I struggled with was I didn’t know if I wanted to go to university. The traditional route is not the same now and debt worries a lot of people. I didn’t have much idea about what was out there before going to the Skills Show.”
Scott says that careers advice focused a lot on Ucas applications and it would be better if more apprentices could speak to young people to share their experiences, adding: “The schoolchildren can relate more to our age group rather than an adult.”