Ian Harper, chief executive of ATG Training, acknowledged that it is a big step for any young person to leave school or education and take their first job of employment, and explained that apprenticeships allow young people a "safe introduction" to the world of work.
"By safe, I don't mean physical safety, I mean the ability to learn by making mistakes [and] to work very closely with someone such as a supervisor and a mentor," he added.
He went on to note that the image of an apprenticeship as the poorer option is not correct because people often need to be very academically capable in some apprenticeship subjects.
In many sectors, an apprenticeship many even serve people better than a university degree would, Mr Harper concluded.
It comes after Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, recently noted that better careers guidance and increased use of apprenticeships can get young people into employment with vocational skills development.
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