Apprenticeships seem to be unheard of in Poland - the usual pattern now is that people get forced into high schools, they fail their Matura, then they go to some post-school place where they have to "study' for 2-3-4 years to get a paper of "something" which qualifies them to work as "something.
Insane system - and the employers are to blame for demanding papers for everything.
If you want to finish education at 18 and start working, you should choose vocational school at the age of 16 and undergo two years of such schooling with apprenticeship included.
The system is not insane - people who fail their matura exams and look for post school courses to get their papers, are useless good for nothings and no wonder employers don`t want them.
Would a graduate from a private school have better employment chances in the open market. Would the private schools be seen as better in some way?
If a private school has been high in rankings, then the answer should be yes.
However, graduates of elite high schools, whether private or state, don`t usually look for jobs right after school. They go to university first. And it is uni education that really counts.
But they can exploit their high school`s good opinion later on. In all interviews I have given so far I always mention graduating from one of the best high schools in Krakow. :):):):)