@tinawilliams0410 I am biased towards an apprenticeship because I'm not impressed with academic subjects and I served an apprenticeship in Joinery after five years I had the skill which enabled me to travel the world, plus I was able to be self employed.
Apprenticeships are traditionally for the manual trades, so if your children are interested in going into the building sector an apprenticeship is what they should pursue.
Looking back to when my kids were younger (they're in their twenties now),I'd have advised them to do apprenticeships so that they could earn while they learn.
They wouldn't get into debt then.
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.