I think it's horses for courses. Not everyone is able to get into, or afford to go to university. Apprenticeships are great for the majority who want to earn while they learn a trade that will set them on the road to steady employment. When I left school, getting work was much easier. If you didn't like one job, you could leave and walk straight into another job. Kids have to fight for uni places and for apprenticeships. Things are so much harder now.