- Domestic UK university applications down 0.9% at January 2018 deadline (UCAS)
- 26% fall in the number of apprentices (Department of Education)
- Government to hit 3 million apprenticeships target by 2020
- Luxury PBSA studios in London, Bristol and Reading open to apprentices (Collegiate)
Claims made by the chairman of the Education Select Committee that many graduates receive ‘paltry returns’ from conventional university degrees spark a debate about the need for the government to implement a radical change in the whole education system to address the needs of students and employers. While the cost of getting a university degree leaves many students tens of thousands of pounds in debt, much is being done to promote degree apprenticeships, shaped to be the benchmark of the future.
With official figures revealing a 26% drop in apprenticeship starts in the first quarter 2018 compared to the same period last year, the Government has promised to deliver three million apprenticeship starts by 2020.
Meanwhile, concerns have been raised by investors who have splashed out on purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) in recent years as they are likely to be hit by falling university student numbers over the coming decade. Indeed, according to UCAS figures, domestic student applications have dropped by 0.9% for the second year in a row compared with January 2017.
But as apprenticeships return, increasing numbers of PBSA providers are opening their doors to not just university students but those undertaking other forms of higher education. One such forward thinking accommodation provider Collegiate is already offering apprentices luxury accommodation in three locations – London, Bristol and Reading.
“The decrease in the number of university applications in the UK has been a wake-up call to government which has now pledged to reinforce apprenticeships. As many more recruits are expected, it’s important to think about their accommodation. Many apprentices are not staying at home and have to relocate sometimes to start their apprenticeship. We are giving them access to our luxury PBSA beds because apprentices deserve the same standard of housing as university students
Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO, Collegiate
Young nursing apprentices studying at King’s College Hospital will find it easy to get to their placements if living at Collegiate Halsmere Studios which is located In Camberwell. With 79 studios available, Collegiate Halsmere Studios comprise a common room, garden with BBQ area and on-site laundry. Available from £255 per week.
Collegiate Water Lane Apartments is the perfect choice for apprentices who want to live in away from the hustle and bustle of student life in Bristol. Residents have access to high specification apartments finished with contemporary Corian kitchens, individual en-suite facilities and generous study and storage space. Prices start from £173 per week.
Finally, Collegiate Saxon Court in Reading offers standout apartments to apprentices with a range of accommodation options, including private courtyard gardens, private gym, in-house cinema and dinner part room. Well situated, Collegiate Saxon Court apartments are just 15 minutes away from Reading college that offers apprenticeship vacancies. Available from £218 per week.
For more information, contact Collegiate on +44 1235 250 140 or visit www.collegiate-ac.com.