Apprentices do real jobs for real employers, so you’re paid while you learn. You will start earning from day one of your Apprenticeship. As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job specific skills. Apprentices receive training to work towards nationally-recognised qualifications, usually on a day-release basis, i.e. one day at College and four days with your employer, however some Apprenticeships are all work-based. Anyone living in England, over 16-years-old and not in full-time education can apply.
The National Apprenticeship Service Parents' Pack is full of resources to help parents understand the benefits of apprenticeships and can be downloaded for free.