If you can’t wait to get started in your chosen career, and don’t want to choose between gaining qualifications and earning a salary, an Apprenticeship offers you the best of both worlds!

Remember: there are no bad choices here but Apprenticeships do have some advantages over classroom study and beyond that university.

No fees. Nothing. No student debts. All Apprenticeship programmes are fully funded as long as you don’t already have a degree.

You get to start your career earlier than others. You can start an Apprenticeship at 16. By the time your friends have left university, you will already have five years’ valuable work experience which will really appeal to future employers. Which are you going to choose?

You get paid! The minimum is the Apprenticeship rate which is £3.50 from April 2017 but many employers pay more than this. Now, let’s be honest, you can earn more working in fast food but with an Apprenticeship you are gaining valuable skills, training and experience that will lay the foundations for a really great career.

You can still go to university. Universities respect the Apprenticeship system and the qualifications and experience they provide. You can progress onto access courses, HNCs and HNDs or even go direct onto a university course.

An additional advantage is knowing your career choice is right for you having worked in the industry throughout your Apprenticeship. What could be worse than doing three years at uni then releasing you don’t enjoy the job you have trained for.