Talking to some friends showed me how we do not talk about apprenticeships enough. Here are their answers to the very difficult question of taking the route of university or an apprenticeship:
Diamond (14) - "Apprenticeships give you more of a realistic point of view of the world of work compared to uni".
Brenda (16) - "Apprenticeships help you plan more and see if you truly like what you want to do".
William (22) - "I think uni is better. You can't get any higher after you get a job from an apprenticeship for most companies. You need qualifications to back you up meaning it will take longer to move up higher".
Thaynna (21) - "You can't go wrong with any route but apprenticeships give you great references and experiences to build your CV".
Beatriz (18) - "Theres a stigma towards apprenticeships, that its for 'dumb' people. Mostly in Essex, people think that its for people that are not smart enough for uni. Like beauticians for example".
I thought I would also ask my 9 year old friend Sofia. She said "When I think of university, I just think 'work' so I would rather do an apprenticeship". This was interesting as she is years away from having to make a decision, but she is already worried about the workload of university.