MANY of us - although it was always known as indentures - enjoyed the security and satisfaction of an apprenticeship.
There has been a period when they appeared to have become as rare as coal miners or a real job in heavy engineering.
But encouraging signs are emerging on a return to such two-way contracts with the confirmation that some 7,000 young people across the borough are now on apprenticeship schemes, with numbers expected to increase further.
The council have disclosed that nearly 3,000 of those in apprenticeships are over the age of 25 and experts believe it reveals a change in direction when it comes to young people and their futures.
Christmas confirmation by the Royal Mail that it is offering hundreds of temporary sorting jobs to deal with the Yuletide card, letter and present rush, is welcome of course. But apprenticeships are the real deal.