National Apprenticeship Week: Changing the image of apprenticeships

Moves are being made to showcase placements as a genuine alternative to a degree

Job training schemes can offer a tightly focused route to your chosen career

Learning as you're earning: The alternative to a degree

Apprenticeships and on-the-job training are successful non-degree routes to a career

High tuition fees boost school leaver schemes and apprenticeships

In the wake of rising university fees, school leaver schemes and apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular with both students and recruiters. Universities have seen a downturn in applications and it seems that students are starting to look at options outside of the university route.

The appliance of science: Bill Williams hopes to train young people in technical skills

UTCs aim to give teenagers the technical expertise they need for apprenticeships

Richard Garner hears about plans for a ground-breaking new college.

New recruits: Claire Hall, event coordinator for Team RAC in Middlesex, England

Ana Arendar speaks to young people who have completed their training and recently started work in the automotive industry

New recruits: Jonathan Picking, car painter at the Agnew Repair Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ana Arendar speaks to young people who have completed their training and recently started work in the automotive industry

New recruits: a junior technician at Harley Davidson

Ana Arendar speaks to young people who have completed their training and recently started work in the automotive industry

New recruits: Josh Custy, mechanic at the Trefnant Garage in North Wales

Ana Arendar speaks to young people who have completed their training and recently started work in the automotive industry

Apprentice: Floristry

Joanne Haynes trained as a florist at Plumpton College in East Sussex. Only a few years after qualifying, she bought the floristry business where she had done her apprenticeship.

Apprentice: Furniture manufacture

Craig Peacey, 18, is studying a level three NVQ in wood machining at Webs Training College in Nottingham. He is one of four apprentices in a firm of door manufacturers.

Apprentice: Emergency fire service operations

Dean Stocking is 19. When he left school, he trained in light vehicle mechanics, but he is now studying for a three-year NVQ in HGV engineering as an apprentice with Essex County Fire Service. The service is one of five in the country to have signed up to a “blue-light scheme” to address skills shortages.

Apprentice: Hairdressing

Janieann Wightwick, 17, is studying for an NVQ level two in hairdressing at Mid-Kent College. Before she left school she worked in a local hair salon for some extra cash, and is now training full-time at the same salon.

Apprentice: Sea fishing

Having drifted for a few years after leaving school, Kris Spearing, 21, is studying for an NVQ level two in sea fishing at Whitby & District Fishing Industry Training School

Apprenticeship: Fact vs. fiction

An apprenticeship in the motor industry can put you on the road to a huge range of exciting careers.

A galaxy of opportunities

Samantha Godsalve, 20, a former music student is now in her second year of an apprenticeship with an aerospace company, and she is loving it.

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