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Want to earn while you learn?

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.

The Skills Development Scotland website also has information on the Get ready for work scheme and Training for work, all designed to help young people further their careers and find employment.

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 (examples include bricklayer, painter, plant mechanic, wood machinist).

If the oil and gas industry interests you, have a look at the case studies at with a direct link to their apprenticeship scheme.

Other companies such as BAA offer engineering apprenticeships, and the opportunity to work in many of the UK's airports.