This recent article looks at whether going to university is right for all and some of the alternatives on offer.  It has high praise for schemes which combine work and study, such as sponsored degrees.  The skills learned whilst working are very desirable and there is also the cost of going to university which should be considered when deciding what to do when leaving school.  Each of these points is addressed in the article.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2509641/University-way-success-heads-told.html