is a software engineering degree apprenticeship actually worth it

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From whatever resources are online, they all seem to paint the picture that this specific role is all sunshine and rainbows, with a lot of people and institutes saying something along the lines of it being better than doing a cs degree at uni, it's high employment rate and demand. However there's a lack of actual accounts from people that have completed the apprenticeship or are doing it, which makes me question it's usefulness. I honestly have no clue if they get hired or not, how much advantage they have over fresh graduates etc. I don't want to persue something like that if I feel that it won't help me when joining the workforce and set me back so many years.
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To get a good computer programmer job you need lots of experience computer programming and to be able to prove you have the experience. Given a choose between qualifications and experience nearly all employers will choose experience.

Getting experience while doing a normal Computing Degree depends on pot lack unless you know the correct people.

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If the aim is to go into computer science research it is different.
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To get a good computer programmer job you need lots of experience computer programming and to be able to prove you have the experience. Given a choose between qualifications and experience nearly all employers will choose experience.

Getting experience while doing a normal Computing Degree depends on pot lack unless you know the correct people.

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If the aim is to go into computer science research it is different.
I understand that and i’m planning to start learning once my as levels are done but i’m really confused which direction to take in order to attain helpful experience. With the degree apprenticeships, you learn from the ground up, which is useful for someone like me as I have no past experience. The government seems to push the degree apprenticeships a lot and in my opinion, it’s hard to find realistic accounts of people taking them. They all seem to be scripted just for the marketing
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Most companies offering degree apprenticeships have only been running them for a short time and started with very small numbers.
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Most companies offering degree apprenticeships have only been running them for a short time and started with very small numbers.
i saw a few threads here about degree apprentiships from 6 years ago. even if they haven't been aroud for long, there must be at least a few people that have completed one.
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i saw a few threads here about degree apprentiships from 6 years ago. even if they haven't been aroud for long, there must be at least a few people that have completed one.
Is getting your degree tuition paid for, experience in a real employer and getting paid a wage worth it?
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From whatever resources are online, they all seem to paint the picture that this specific role is all sunshine and rainbows, with a lot of people and institutes saying something along the lines of it being better than doing a cs degree at uni, it's high employment rate and demand. However there's a lack of actual accounts from people that have completed the apprenticeship or are doing it, which makes me question it's usefulness. I honestly have no clue if they get hired or not, how much advantage they have over fresh graduates etc. I don't want to persue something like that if I feel that it won't help me when joining the workforce and set me back so many years.
Yes. Experience trumps having a degree alone.

Think about what it is you are getting here - a paid for degree meaning the govt isn't going to take 9% of your income from you for 30-years of your life AND 4-years of work experience on your CV as a software engineer.

You could go down the typical CS degree route and make sure you get summer internships or a placement year, but there is no guarantee you will be successful at interviews.
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