Steve Cox answered on 16 Mar 2015:
I was fortunate to do both at the same time. I was a Student Apprentice with Jaguar Cars which meant that I got to learn a lot of very practical skills and experience lots of different departments within the company whilst at the same time as studying the theoretical side at university. I believe that made me a better engineer when I graduated.
I now consider myself very lucky because those type of schemes all but disappeared. I hope that now apprenticeships have been seen to be avery good thing that those type of Student Apprentice schemes make a comeback.
Stacey Cutten answered on 16 Mar 2015:
To be honest, when I was in sixth form I didn’t look into apprenticeships until last minute. I had always been told I was going university and just assumed that is where I should be going. I couldn’t do engineering at university because I hadn’t done Maths and Physics at A Level 🙁 This, together with the fact that I couldn’t go to university because I didn’t have enough money to move away, I decided to look into apprenticeships. I couldn’t believe I had never looked at them before and I’m so happy I did 😀
By the time I’m 23 I will hopefully have a degree, but also have 5 years work experience and I wont have a student loan debt… which is very impressive!
Huw Williams answered on 16 Mar 2015:
The main difference between an Apprentice and a full time student is that the Apprentice studies part-time (1 day per week) and the Apprentice doesn’t have to pay and fees themselves!
Here are four reasons why I chose an Apprenticeship:
Firstly I could do an apprenticeship and get 3 years worth of work experience.
Secondly I could do a degree and my company would pay all my uni fees.
Thirdly I’d finish my apprenticeship and move straight into a guaranteed job, which are very hard to come by these days.
Fourth and most important, I could get paid whilst doing all that too!
Gosha Barzowska answered on 17 Mar 2015:
For me it was simple decision – the main difference between My Apprenticeshipa and University is that at Uni you don’t get any real experiance of being an engineer. Apprenticeship in a sense is a better deal because:
1) You apply theory into PRACTICE from day one
2) You GET PAID for going to work and school
3) You still get a full Engineering DEGREE at the end of the apprenticeship
4) NO UNI FEES – your employers pays for that
For me it’s the best deal you can ever get! 🙂
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