Apprenticeships, first and foremost, are proper jobs for real people in the real working world.
They mix on-the-job training with academic learning, and can provide you with the skills you need for your chosen work future, and also lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
There are three different levels of Apprenticeships but all include hands-on job training.
The basic Apprenticeship may need some GCSE passes, or need you to demonstrate skills, or the right aptitude.
To have completed an Apprenticeship is roughly an equivalent to achieving 5 GCSE passes, and also shows you have covered basic English and maths to a reasonable standard.
If you want, with the Apprenticeship (or its equivalent, 5 GCSEs) you can go on to the Advanced Apprenticeship, which on completion is equal to 2 A level passes.
If you wish, after this a Higher Apprenticeship course is open to you which can take you to NVQ level 4, or can take your education qualifications to degree level.
This is a real job with training, meaning that you can earn while you learn and end up with some nationally recognised qualifications, and cover jobs in a huge range of industries, businesses and pursuits from nursing to horticulture, or from catering to IT, business management to construction and many hundreds more.
Apprenticeships are designed and shaped with the input of employers to offer a solid pathway to help you build up the skills you need to do the job in your chosen field.
Training providers provide a complete apprenticeship or traineeship services, finding appropriate opportunities to best suit the needs and requirements of applicants.
You will be considered an employee and the majority of your course will be in the work place giving the best hands-on, on-the-job training.
You will be paid at least the relevant national minimum wage, and it is important to bear in mind that completing an Apprenticeship will mean that your earnings will be more in the long run, and that you will also be more employable than those who leave school or college without qualification as high as these.
Another great advantage of practical work place experience is that of learning to work as part of a team, where what you actually do matters to what someone else does in a different part of that team.
The other advantage is, whereas those who learn at university have to take out loans and pay tuition fees, going through an Apprenticeship you will earn while you learn.
Your employer will pay your wages and government funded agencies cover the cost of college or training establishments.