Apprenticeships (including traineeships) combine work and study, meaning that you get paid to get a qualification and get work experience in the industry at the same time.
Most people think of apprenticeships as trades: carpentry, plumbing, electrical or hairdressing. These are all important jobs and in need of more people doing them, and doing an apprenticeship means you get your trade papers!
There are also lots of other options including business and finance, childcare, animal care, and tourism. These are industries that you can work your way right up though, or can be a good area to work before moving on to something else.
If you aren't sure about doing an apprenticeship, take a look at pre-apprenticeships: shorter courses that lead into an apprenticeship.
Things to remember:
Apprenticeships and traineeships start from around 12 months (gap year while earning?) but can be as long as 4 years. Do your research into what areas you are interested in, what the job market is like, and how long it will take.
Doing an apprenticeship combines the benefits of working and doing a vocational qualification, because the apprenticeship is made up of these two things.