Most of us - well I did anyway - an apprenticeship for 4 years. During this time I worked and went to college.
Before I got into prepress and graphic designer I was a screenprinter. I transitioned to the computers by doing a 6 month full time course. Which involved me taking me out of my well paid job and go back to a very basic underwhelming pay.
After I finished my 6 month course - I then applied to about 50 different print and design companies within walking/cycling/commuting distance. I lived near to the city centre and also to various industrial estates - there was a few to apply to.
I heard back from about 50% of them. And got an interview with most of them.
I decided on a place that an educational plan and worked with me to develop me.
This involved an apprenticeship and how it worked:
Year 1 and 2 = 3 months on the job, 9 months in college
Year 3 = 6 months on the job, 6 months in college
Year 4 = 9 months on the job, 3 months in college
Paid by the job, but they were subsidised by the government during my off time in college.
During the Years 1 and 3 - I had a part-time job at the weekend (when I wasn’t doing overtime in printing place) that I worked as a security guard from Friday night, 12 hours shift Saturday and 12 hour shift Sunday.
That gave me 30 extra hours of pay.
Similar to you in many ways.
You have enough to get your foot in the door.
But in the door with a company who is interested in developing you.
Ask them about any courses they would be willing to sponsor you on.
Ask them if there is an education path for young starters.
In the meantime - you can apply to local colleges and universities and try to get on a course.
Similar to the work situation and interviews - with the college - ask them do they have a work placement scheme. Usually they have already partnered up with local businesses to get the students from the classroom to the design studios.
You need to make your own way in this world.
Jobs and education don’t fall out of the sky and land in your lap.
For a few years, you’ll have to work hard, maybe even 2 jobs. Maybe on low wages.
You need to apply for the jobs, you need to apply to the colleges.
And most importantly, you need to apply yourself.