National Apprenticeship Week runs from 11 to 15 March 2013 and is an ideal chance for school leavers, those looking for jobs or anyone wanting a change of career to find out which employers are offering skilled apprenticeships alongside challenging careers.
A new study, released to coincide with Apprenticeship Week, has found that apprenticeships will contribute £3.4 billion a year to the economy through productivity gains by 2022.
This year the Army will recruit in the region of 10,000 new soldiers, with about 95% of these formally enrolling on a recognised apprenticeship scheme (the plan for the future is that all new recruits will enrol on an apprenticeship scheme).
Depending on what regiment and job someone applies for they could end up on a functional skills apprenticeship (underpinned by literacy and numeracy) or something more advanced such as electronics, engineering or signals.
The Army offers over 43 different apprenticeship programmes in disciplines such as vehicle mechanic, avionics technician, plumber, welder, communications specialist, combat engineer, and many more.
Joining the Army as an apprentice means so much more than just gaining civilian qualifications though; not only are apprentices on full starting pay, they have the opportunity to take part in adventurous training, sport and leadership training and have a guaranteed job at the end of it.
Once a soldier passes their apprenticeship they then join their unit for further on-the-job training and to specialise in their chosen trade.
Throughout their career they will be encouraged to study for further qualifications and some former apprentices can even go on to become Chartered Engineers.
The Army also has a detachment of 4 former apprentices currently building the fastest car in the world, the Bloodhound supersonic car, in partnership with the Bloodhound project.