David Cameron said today that he wants apprenticeships to be the accepted alternative for youngsters who decide not to go to university, and that he wants the training schemes to be a core part of rebuilding our economy.
He was speaking at the start of National Apprentice Week. John Andrews has been to see how it's working for some youngsters in Devon.
Nearly 60,000 people across the South West benifitted in the last year from Apprentice Schemse. Today marks the start of National Apprentice Week. The event aims to celebrate the positive effects the schemes have on individuals and businesses and encourage others to get involved.
A design engineer from North Devon has become the South West Apprentice of the Year and is now hoping to win the national title.
Daniel Lawson from Ilfracombe won the regional award for his work encouraging more young people into apprenticeships. His firm TDK-Lamda is now encouraging its worldwide employees to vote online for Dan to become the overall winner.