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One who learns a trade or occupation by working directly under a skilled person. For example, an apprentice may study under a blacksmith to learn the trade. The apprentice may be paid a small amount or may simply receive room and board.
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Information on apprenticeships for women, veterans, and others, is available online at Apprenticeship.
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Employers really value apprenticeships. They know if you've got one then you'll have the skills they need, and as a result your career could progress rapidly.
National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity for young people to nd out about apprenticeships and how to apply.
Visit for details about what is going on in your area for Apprenticeship Week and to find out more about apprenticeships.
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I want all apprenticeships to be high quality, combining paid work

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