do it as well as you can,but learn to do it better
the attraction of the apprenticeship schemes was the resultant acquisition of skills to obtain a decent wage ..We need to get apprenticeships that pay a half decent wage to get our young people interested again and not pricing them out of the market by having to get them on all of these Citb cards for everything, The problem has been the wages being driven down by economic migrants coming over and British companies taking advantage of the low wages, while the wages are low you cannot get yongsters interestead in becoming operators , or taking things like Plumbing, Platering, Bricklaying etc. If wages were higher then you would but people like Charlie Mullins ( Pimlico Plumbers) is againt this as he likes his cheap eastern european labour which give him greater profit. A lot of companies are using loopholes to pay less than minimum wage which is incidently much higher here than it is in EU countries, They do not directly pay their staff they pay the money to an Eastern European employment agency which means they can pay below the UK min wage as there staff are agency, A few years back there were loads of youngsters doing these aprenteships as the prospects and money were good the last few years have Fu**ed this country, We need to get on a ditch the EU rules and regs including the new one which is due to come in where even if you have a piece of equipment on your own private property it has to be insured! How are they going to police that one! it's just common sense lets get on with it.
in 1980 I paid more tax then the apprentices who worked alongside me, earned in a wage ..... but they learned from that experience, to advance their skills to a point they were able to earn their corn.
No industry can afford to carry apprentices on large wages .. it's too cut throat/competitive to win work as it is, without 'passengers', which is effectively what they are for a very long time .
back in the day this was realised and accepted .... today, as Pettsy said they all " expect to join a trade and be on level pay terms with someone fully qualified. " who has been through the system that they are loathe/don't want to / won't become a part of ... no such thing as a free lunch, but they all expect it