Australian Apprenticeships and University are two parts of the whole post-school education system. There is no right or wrong pathway for young people, but it is important they participate in the best type of education and training for them.
An apprenticeship or traineeship can lead into university study, but can also be a stand alone form of education. This means that someone who does an apprenticeship or traineeship can still go to university, and in some cases may get recognition for their training they did in the apprenticeship or traineeship.
Both Australian Apprenticeships and university have similar wage outcomes for graduates, but former apprentices and trainees are more likely to be employed full-time when they complete their study.
Australian Apprenticeships may better suit people who want to start work, who prefer working with their hands or in practical roles, or who prefer their learning to be directly related to the job they are doing.
Overall, it is important for people to consider all possible pathways and choose the one that is best for them, remembering that education is a lifelong journey which can be continued through other forms of education later on.