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Smart British Kids Are Skipping College For Apprenticeships

The smartest British students are coming up with a new plan as Britain's higher education system becomes more Americanized: Skip college and enter a corporate apprenticeship program.

Yes, amid rising tuition costs (sound familiar?), Britain's top-tier students are saying screw it, a college degree just isn't worth it anymore. As The Telegraph reports:

Employers such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Network Rail, Marks & Spencer, Grant Thornton and Laing O'Rourke are reporting huge rises in applications for A-level entry jobs this summer.

The disclosure blows a hole in claims that degrees are a prerequisite for careers at Britain's leading companies.

To Americans, rising tuition costs are like the sun coming up in the morning. Both move in only one direction: skyward. As we Americans debate the value of a college degree amid skyrocketing tuition costs, deep recessions and overwhelming student debt loads, we should be asking if apprenticeship programs could be a more viable option here. Will very smart but cash-strapped U.S. students also starting seeking apprenticeships instead of four-year degrees? Will U.S. employers eventually respond to demand by offering apprenticeship programs instead of internships? Will American universities start to see the need for better cost containment? And what would Donald Trump say? Stay tuned.


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