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His four-year apprenticeship in electrical installation at Bury College entailed shadowing a qualified electrician four days a week and spending one day a week at college.

The wages were meagre at first — rising from £2.64 to £6.20 an hour — and he admits he struggled. I felt I was missing out, but I matured and adapted quickly.’ After passing the exams he needed to qualify as an electrician two years ago, he set up his own company — and business boomed so quickly that within six months he had hired an apprentice of his own.

Naturally, Ashley rails against any implication that graduates aren’t prepared for hard graft.‘This reputation annoys me,’ she says.

‘I’ve had part-time jobs since I was 15.’ Her father, an accountant, and mother, a teacher, contributed to her living costs, but Ashley, who spent her first year in halls of residence before renting a room in a student flat, still needed to take out loans to pay her £9,000-a-year tuition fees and £1,000-a-year maintenance costs.‘At college we’d been told we wouldn’t have to pay back our student debt until we were earning enough, and were made to believe the money we owed didn’t matter.

He realised academia wasn’t for him after sitting his GCSEs.

‘It wasn’t that I was incapable — I was always driven,’ says Marcus, who still lives with his parents in Manchester and admits that his father, a floor fitter, had an influence.

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Electricians, it was revealed last month, may take home as much as £156,000 annually — the sort of income traditionally enjoyed by graduates.

Bear in mind, too, that a junior doctor earns £23,000 a year, working night shifts and long hours, and Marcus’s chosen career path seems even wiser.

On top of that, one graduate in five ends up working in a low or medium-skilled job, while one in four, according to a recent survey, regrets going to university.

She is in her final year of a toolmaking apprenticeship, and the only woman among 50 trainees on the floor of a car-manufacturing factory in Swansea.

She is currently paid £16,000 a year, but will be earning £27,000 when she qualifies next year — and aspires to manage an engineering company on an estimated starting salary of £60,000. ‘There are a lot of perks.’She could be forgiven for feeling slightly smug when she compares herself with friends who all chose the university route, not least because her salary is paying for a new Audi and she is about to fly off to a five-star hotel in Turkey on holiday.

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