I had some serious discussion with daughter and wife re this subject during the period but they just saw me as an auld grump, cynical person.
I have also had serious discussions with MrsT and others re the value of "everyone" should go to uni!
Daughter did go to uni because she wanted to get into product design. She has an MA in textile design but there were no jobs locally and she could not move away easily. She then did her PGCE and got into primary teaching, securing the only job available at that time!
Son went down the apprenticeship route becoming an electrical draughtsman for a world supplier of industrial boilers. He left that job to work for a civil engineering company who paid for him to get his degree. He is leaving that job to go back to his old job after being head hunted and due to internal issues with his current employment feels now is the right time to move. If a job in the civil eng comes up in the future he may go back to that.
I got quite a good insight into the way schools work when I was on the kids school PA and then board(council), but that was a few yrs ago