It is not as simple as that. It depends on what the job is and what skills and experience levels the person needs to do that job. The University of Oxford recognises the importance of attracting a skilled and talented workforce to enhance its world-leading research and teaching. The University is currently the largest employer in the county and as a result it has a moral and social duty to provide opportunity for local young people.
Apprenticeships are now available at levels equivalent to GCSE right up to post-graduate levels through new ‘Higher Apprenticeships’, and are absolutely a viable alternative.