Apprenticeship vs. college

Young male apprentices earn 2 percent more than community college graduates, according to Canadian researchers, reports The Globe and Mail.

The first study, by University of Toronto professors Morley Gunderson and Harry Krashinsky, found male apprentices earn 24 per cent more than those with just a high-school diploma, 15-per-cent more than those with other trades and 2-per-cent more than college graduates.

It’s a different picture for women, though. Doing an apprenticeship yields lower returns then just completing high school and “substantially” lower returns than completing community college — likely reflecting that female apprenticeships tend to be in low-wage jobs in industries like food and personal service such as hairdressing, the analysis said.

Women who apprentice in traditionally male-dominated trades see a larger earnings premium than male apprentices, the second study found.