From next month, thousands of employers will have to start paying into a system designed to create more apprenticeships.
The new system will affect many private companies, hospitals, schools and councils. It's part of a government drive to create 3 million apprenticeships - particularly those that offer the highest levels of qualification.
As part of National Apprenticeships Week,our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports on how prepared people are for the new world.
Interviewees: Hannah Sturgess, Degree apprentice; Lewis Green, Degree apprentice; Neil Carberry, Director, Employment and Skills, CBI; Prof Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-chancellor, University of Winchester; Christine Trotter, HR Director, Marketing Sciences.