We look at three top jobs once the preserve of graduates that can now be yours with an apprenticeship.

Research conducted by Aviva in the light of last months A-level grades has found that twenty four percent of the UK’s former students regret going to university. Often seen as a prestigious career route, particularly by student’s parents, graduates leave university not only with a qualification but the largest student debt in the developed world.

Today there are plenty of careers that you needed to study at university for in the past. Modern day apprenticeships provide the perfect career path for students who don’t fancy another three years of traditional study nor the long term debt associated with a student loan.

Let’s take a quick look at three potential careers you can achieve with an apprenticeship.

How about being an Air Traffic Controller? They earn between £18,000 and £46,000 depending on experience. They help to keep some of the busiest airspace in the world moving. They guide pilots from take-off to landing providing them with important information to get cargo and passengers around the world safely. Based at airfields across the globe, you’ll find them in a control tower at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. They play an important role at airfields ensuring aircraft fly appropriate heights and headings so they take off and land safely and efficiently. If you want to be an Air Traffic Controller you have to be over 18 and have at least five GCSEs or equivalent at Grade 4 or above (previously A-C) or Scottish Nationals 5 Grade A-C or equivalent, including English and maths. As well as having a good level of physical and mental fitness, you must satisfy the basic medical requirements set down by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Perhaps you would like to be in the legal profession? Apprenticeships open up the opportunity to become a Solicitor. They advise their clients on the law, and can specialise in a host of areas, from commercial, criminal and family law, to much more. The new Solicitor apprenticeship standard approved in 2015 means you can train and qualify on the job. This is a standard that give you a degree and will take five years to complete. Earning between £25,000 to £100,000 you’ll need good A-levels as competition will be tough, but no student debt and a good wage as you train makes it worth going for.

If science takes your fancy how about becoming a Nuclear Engineer? They could be ensuring the safe running of nuclear power station or developing defence capability. They cover a whole range of tasks linked to nuclear power, from helping design and build new plants to monitoring radiation and planning safe disposal of nuclear waste. The National Nuclear Laboratory offers apprenticeships and the ministry of Defence has a new nuclear undergraduate engineering apprenticeship. They earn between £25,000 and £58,000 depending on experience.

If you would like further information on apprenticeships and how to apply for them, talk to the Apprenticeship Support by Be More Team. The team is funded by the European Social Fund & LCR Strategic Investment Fund and provides impartial information and advice on apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region.