Don't want to go to university or college? How about working and getting paid while you learn? If you like the sound of this, then an apprenticeship could be for you.
Have a look at your local newspaper or on the company websites for adverts from different companies like Lifescan, Rolls-Royce, Johnson Controls, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.
The Skills Development Scotland website has information on their Modern Apprenticeships scheme. So remember, you don't have to go to university to have a career in STEM!
Many highly skilled professionals earn their qualifications through apprenticeships. After a couple of years training they are highly qualified and well paid. For example, plumbers earn an average of £22,500, and joiners £20,500. Mechanics and welders are also well paid.
Innovation Technology People (ITP) offer modern apprenticeships in Inverness, in information technology among other things.
Check out Young Scot for information on apprenticeships.
The Moray Firth Training Group offers apprenticeships for mechanics, to help people achieve their Scottish or National Vocational Qualifications in Automobile Engineering.
For apprenticeship case studies in construction, visit bconstructive.co.uk (examples include bricklayer, painter, plant mechanic, wood machinist).
Other companies such as BAA offer engineering apprenticeships, and the opportunity to work in many of the UK's airports.