The UK government’s provide an apprenticeship helpline. Call their number freephone on 0800 015 0400.

An apprenticeship allow young people aged over 16 to combine paid work and practical training with study for a related qualification. The three levels of apprenticeship, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher are equivalent to five GCSE passes, two A-level passes and a foundation degree respectively.

Apprenticeships are available in a range of careers, from car mechanics and construction to IT support and administration. Apprenticeships are best-suited to those who feel like university and higher education might not be best for them and would prefer to go straight into work after finishing secondary education. The benefit of an apprenticeship is that not only do they provide vital career experience but a related qualification which shines on your CV and can set you apart from the rest at future job opportunities.