An apprenticeship is a training and education programme. It mixes learning in a college or training institution with work-based learning in a company. At least half of apprenticeship learning is done on the job.
As an apprentice, you earn while you learn. You have a formal employment contract, and you're paid a salary during your apprenticeship training.
Apprenticeships can last between two and four years. There are 56 different types of apprenticeship available, in 13 different industries.
Apprenticeships also lead to internationally recognised qualifications. These can be from level 6 to level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
How to qualify
Qualifying as an apprentice depends on which apprenticeship you're applying for.
Generally the minimum age is between 16 and 18 years old. There's no maximum age limit.
Some apprenticeships may have minimum educational qualifications.