At a debate at Oxford University this week the former head of Harrow School argued that University should not be the default option for everyone.  He put forward the case that many could benefit from gaining more work experience.  Read more on the debate http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2494751/University-wasted-pupils-Children-work-useless-degree-says-Harrow-headteacher.html.  Seems like sponsored degrees give both students and employers the access to both qualified and experienced recruits.