An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
There are various levels of apprenticeships available to you depending on your current skills and qualifications.
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:
All apprenticeships will include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications.
The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour, but many employers pay more than this.
The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. If you were born on or after 1 September 1997 you must stay in some form of education or training until your 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through: