When you leave school (either after year 11 or later) you will be strongly advised by your personal adviser and careers teacher to look for opportunities which include training leading to recognised qualifications. This will improve your future prospects.
Apprenticeships are high quality training programmes with local employers. They enable you to obtain formal qualifications through day release, and last for about three years
As an apprentice you would follow a training programme which has been devised by a professional training organisation for that industry.
Apprenticeships are available at two levels:
The Apprenticeship leads to NVQ level 2 and the Advanced Apprenticeship leads to NVQ level 3. You'll also be trained in key skills, such as Team Working, Communication, IT and problem solving.
You can progress from an Apprenticeship to an Advanced Apprenticeship and then continue gaining higher qualifications.
If you are thinking about leaving school to go into a job, you need to consider it carefully. Check out this kind of jobs being advertised, what wages and conditions are they offering, is it what you expected? Is this the best choice for you?