University graduates earn £4k less in first job than apprenticeship workers

The poll of 2,600 workers in their first jobs found the average apprentice earned £18,463 compared to a uni graduate on £14,734
Workers in their first job after an apprenticeship earn nearly £4k a year more than graduates, says a study.
And more than four out of ten apprentices felt the biggest benefit was their “hands-on” experience.
The poll of 2,600 workers in their first jobs found the average apprentice earned £18,463 compared to a uni graduate on £14,734.
Bad move? Graduates earn an average of £14,734 in their first job after university.
Spencer Mehlman, of survey organisers notgoingtouni.co.uk, said: “We’re not surprised at all that apprentices earn more within their first jobs than graduates – purely because they get the hands-on experience whilst they’re learning.
“Their first job is typically within the company that they’ve trained with.
“Therefore they know everything already in terms of rules, what the company likes and dislikes and they have the experience with the customers and clients already.
“This research isn’t in any way undermining those who undertake a graduate degree, but university isn’t for everyone. Is it still worth going to university?”