Anyone who wants to be rich is typically told to go to university, but apprenticeships can offer another route, with a number of ex-apprentices making it to the top of their trade and becoming multi-millionaires in the process.
As demand for skilled workers rising - to the extent that some can ask employers for higher starting salaries - apprenticeships are becoming an ever-important foothold into today's highly skilled economy.
The coalition government has ramped up the number of apprenticeships available to people in the UK. While it expects 300,000 apprenticeships to be created this financial year, the figure will rise to 400,000 for 2014-15.
Apprenticeships have been touted as a way of getting more young people into employment, but they're open to all ages. Barclays recently announced the launch of a training programme specifically designed for the over-50s.
About one in five university graduates go on to become millionaires (based on their assets, although the figures don't account for household debts) according to the Office for National Statistics. And Where Do CEOs Come From says that a whooping 92 per cent of chief execs hold a degree.
But piling onto the apprenticeship bandwagon is another way of netting a considerable fortune in years to come. JCB chairman, Lord Bamford, topped the list with a net worth of £3.6bn at equipment manufacturer Massey Ferguson.
Here's the full list by with the Association of Accounting Technicians ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March) showing other successful people whose apprenticeships put them on the path to success:
|Apprentice Rich List Ranking||Name||Apprenticeship type||Wealth £m||Source of wealth|
|1||Lord Bamford||apprentice at Massey Ferguson||£3,150||construction equipment|
|2||Laurence Graff||apprentice jeweller||£3,000||diamonds|
|3||John Caudwell||engineering apprentice||£1,500||mobile phones|
|4||Sir Terry Matthews||Post Office Research apprentice||£1,190||computers|
|5 =||Jim McColl||apprentice engineer||£1,000||engineering|
|5 =||Vladimir Makhlai||turner's apprentice||£1,000||industry|
|7||John Bloor||apprentice plasterer||£750||construction, motorcycles|
|8||Sir Arnold Clark||apprentice shoe designer||£675||car sales|
|9||Lord Alliance||apprenticed into Grand Bazaar in Tehran||£650||mail order, textiles|
|10||Trevor Hemmings||bricklayer's apprentice||£625||property|
|11||Michael Oliver||apprentice engineer||£608||engineering|
|12||Sir Daid McMurtry||apprentice machinist & fitter||£559||engineering|
|13||Jack Tordoff||apprentice mechanic||£353||car sales|
|14||Michael Oglesby||apprentice plumber||£325||property|
|15||Dean Hoyle||engineering apprentice||£284||greeting cards|
|16||John Deer||engineering apprentice||£268||engineering|
|17||David Hood||apprentice at hi-fi manufacturer||£265||aviation, electronics|
|18 =||Ron Dennis||apprentice mechanic||£260||motor racing|
|18 =||Clinton McCarthy||apprentice carpenters / joiners||£260||construction|
|20||Lord Bagri||apprentice metal trader||£250||metals|
|21||Jamie Oliver||Westminster Catering College; catering apprentice||£240||food, media|
|22||Peter Dawson||engineering apprenticeship||£216||trucks|
|23 =||David Beckham||Youth Training Scheme (Football)||£210||fashion, football|
|23 =||Lord Haughey||air conditioning and refrigeration apprentice||£210||refrigeration|
|25||Mark Constantine||apprentice hairdresser||£204||cosmetics|
|26||Ringo Starr||apprenticeship at Liverpool equipment manufacturer||£170||music|
|27 =||Rodger Dudding||naval engineering apprentice||£160||property|
|27 =||Tommy Dreelan||heating, ventilation & plumbing apprentice||£160||oil services|
|29||Kenneth Townsley||airline traffic officer apprentice||£158||travel|
|30 =||John Frieda||apprentice hairdresser||£150||hairdressing|
|30 =||Eric Clapton||apprentice stained glass design||£150||music|
|32||Stewart Milne||apprentice electrician||£135||construction|
|33 =||Ozzy Osbourne||apprentice toolmaker||£130||music|
|33 =||Marcus Margulies||watch factory apprentice||£130||watches|
|35||Sir Tom Farmer||garage apprentice||£128||property, car parts|
|36||Ted Fort||Rolls Royce apprentice||£110||engineering|
|37 =||Ross Brawn||apprentice mechanical engineer||£100||motor racing|
|37 =||Larry Kinch||apprentice instrument engineer||£100||oil, gas services|
|39||George Moore||apprentice joinery craftsman||£95||furniture|
|40||Andrew Thorpe||apprentice at FW Thorpe||£90||lighting|