Apprenticeships are not only available in the likes of manufacturing, construction and technology which is a really common misconception but are available from cooking to hair design and fashion to formula one.With the likes of BBC one’s Apprentice raising awareness of being an Apprentice and many other educational programmes being shown across various networks the benefits of choosing this path can be very rewarding.

So, we are now going to take a little look at some famous people and what apprenticeships they did when they were younger.

Gordon Ramsey – He was an apprentice in catering and from there went on to work under Michelin star chefs before opening up his own restaurants and has become probably the most famous well known chefs in the world.

Jamie Oliver – Having only left school with 2 GCSEs and an NVQ in Home Economics he worked at various eateries gaining experience with several apprenticeship placements before starting his illustrious career as a chef.

Sir Alex Ferguson – Arguable the greatest football manager that has ever lived after a career as a Striker playing in Scotland’s premier division. Not many people know that he left school at 15 and started work as an apprentice in the Shipyards of the Clyde in Glasgow.

Sir Michael Caine – “My name is Michael Caine and I am a nosey neighbour”. When you are that famous even comedy sketches come your way as well as accolades stretching back decades for his work as an actor and also helping numerous charities too. But he started off after leaving school as an apprentice Plumber… “Now not a lot of people know that”.

John Frieda – Arguably the most famous hairdresser in the world started of his career as an apprentice in a hairdressing salon.

Karen Millen – Started her fashion career whilst studying at Medway College of Design in Rochester before selling her own range of t-shirts to friends before opening her own first shop.

Alexander McQueen – Left school at 16 with only an o-Level (old GCSE) in Art before he started making dresses fro his sister and his friends. Then he persuaded tailors on London’s Savile Row to give him a chance as an apprentice tailor.

And finally

Elvis Presley – left school and was an apprentice Electrician before starting off on his Rock n Roll musical journey.