tudents are being “led up the garden path” with only eight per cent being advised to seek apprenticeships when they leave school.
A YouGov poll has found less than one in 12 students aged 15 to 18 are being advised to seek a work-based apprenticeship.
While 85 per cent of students are encouraged to go into further or higher education, such as university study, after finishing at school or college.
Only three per cent in 2016 and 2017 were advised to seek a job.
The findings come as students across the UK find out their GCSE results on Thursday.
Alex Meikle, Director of Employment and Skills at leading electrotechnical and engineering services trade association the ECA, said: “These findings show that too many young people are effectively being led up the garden path by careers advice in schools, which is significantly out of step with the needs of industry and future employers.”
And as teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland prepare to find out their results, school leaders warned that GCSE reforms were already causing teenagers more stress and anxiety, and this was likely to increase as more subjects switched to the new system.
Under the biggest shake-up of exams in England for a generation, traditional A* to G grades are being gradually replaced with a 9 to 1 system, with 9 being the highest mark.
English and maths – key GCSEs for all teenagers – are the first to move across, with other subjects following over the next two years.
Just a small percentage of English and maths GCSEs are likely to achieve a 9 this summer, as new grades are awarded for the first time.
In total, around 16,100 teenagers are likely to score the very highest mark in maths and 10,700 in English language, out of hundreds of thousands of 16-year-olds in England entering for the two subjects, according to calculations.
Overall, it is understood that no more than half of those that would have scored an A* in these core subjects under traditional grading last summer will achieve a 9, following the deliberate move to change the system to allow more differentiation, particularly between the brightest candidates.