School-leavers apprenticeships are full-time, paid jobs that incorporate training relating to the role. They last from 1 to 2 years and provide a salary of at least the minimum wage for apprentices. After the apprenticeship contract ends, the employer will choose whether to offer a permanent contract (although most do). Apprenticeships are intended to begin a career path, with dedicated skills, work experience and qualifications.
University degrees immerse students in full-time academic study for 3 years (some degrees do incorporate job placements). Completing a degree does not guarantee a job, but it will give students a high-level qualification to begin and build a career upon.
Internships are usually short-term, unpaid periods of work experience. They’re good for getting an idea of what an industry or job role is like. Internships are usually unpaid, but many will cover expenses (travel, lunch etc). While they may provide some basic new skills or experience, an internship is largely about getting a taste of a job – and showing a willingness to get involved.