Dundee City Council has named Michael McNeil as its apprentice of the year.
MSP Jamie Hepburn visited the Dykes of Gray village to meet the youngsters making a start to working life with Springfield Properties.
A joinery business is celebrating after its first set of 10 apprentices completed its own apprenticeship scheme.
The number of new apprentices in Dundee has fallen over the last year, according to new figures.
After leaving school at 16, Darren Barty was unsure what to do with himself.
A special phone line has been set up for those who want help after receiving exam results.
Thousands of young people in Dundee could be missing out on high-flying careers by dismissing apprenticeships, experts have said.