We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Formal and informal apprenticeships have survived in the US in many of the trades. As I have said before, legal training is basically apprenticeship too, since you do not learn how to be a lawyer in law school. Similarly, doctors learn how to be doctors in their paid residencies.
Our high school has a great VoTech program. You can graduate high school already CNA qualified, or A+ / Net+ certified, with 4 semesters of welding under your belt, or real-world experience doing electrical and other work on a construction site. There should be a bigger focus on giving high school students vocational opportunities that prepare them for a real job right after high school. No need to wait until after high school.