Apprenticeships

At Penrice, throughout the academic year, we raise awareness of Apprenticeships with all our year groups, either through tutor time activities and/or special events and trips. This year, National Apprenticeship Week 2023 (#NAW2023) takes place from 6th to 12th February 2023, bringing together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit, and opportunity that apprenticeships offer!

We have a number of activities planned including webinars, assemblies, and the opportunity to meet visiting employers face-to-face. Be sure to check out the wide range of useful downloads and resources at the bottom of this page, shared courtesy of Amazing Apprenticeships.

Types of Apprenticeship

The popularity of apprenticeships is growing rapidly with young people able to start them at a wide range of entry levels including:

  • Traineeships: a programme for those not quite ready to go into a full apprenticeship.
  • Intermediate Apprenticeships: Level 2 for beginning the apprenticeship journey, starting age from 16, no upper age limit.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships: Level 3 apprenticeships equivalent to two A level passes with valuable work experience.
  • Higher Apprenticeships: Levels 4-5. Suitable for those looking to build on their knowledge and progress from their Level 3 qualification.
  • Degree Apprenticeships: Levels 6-7. Degree apprenticeships are offered by universities and other higher education providers in partnership with employers. They contain either a full degree or degree-level qualification and go up to master’s level (which is postgraduate).

Penrice Success Story

You don’t have to go to university to find success…

After leaving college, Hannah found an opportunity to do an apprenticeship in Business Administration with Coodes Solicitors.

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Hannah Knight
Former Student (Class of 2017)

“This felt right for me. I knew I would get a study and work life balance whilst still getting paid. Since then, I have learnt everything I know about Conveyancing by learning practically and from my colleagues.

I am now Secretary to the Head of Residential Conveyancing and I really enjoy my job. I am currently completing a course across all areas of law with the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs, which Coodes are supporting me with. It feels brilliant to be building on my workplace experience whilst being in education at the same time.”

🌟 Career Highlight 🌟
“Being asked to work as Secretary to the Head of Department has proven to be a brilliant learning opportunity for me. It has allowed me to be involved in a lot of areas across conveyancing and really improved my knowledge.

I like the challenges I am faced with. An example of this would be recently doing my first contract on an unregistered title and being able to get hands-on and assist on first registrations.”

💡 Penrice Inspiration 💡
“My Form Tutor, Mrs Knowles, was the most supportive person to me. Penrice did a lot of Career Fairs which helped me identify that A-levels were not the only option for me because I do not perform to my full potential in exams, so learning about diplomas which were coursework-based helped me on my journey.

In my position now, at 21, I have nearly 3 years of experience, a new qualification and no debt from university. I know if I work at it I can become qualified in a career I enjoy without getting into the debt.”

💬 Hannah’s top tip 💬
“Do what feels right for you not just what everyone else is doing. I knew since secondary that A-level exams and university wasn’t for me. Since then I have done everything diploma/apprenticeship style as I know that is how I work best. There are many routes that can be taken.”

Information shared in January 2022 with special thanks to Hannah Knight.

Did you know?

Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers aged 16.

In the latest figures covering the 2022/23 academic year so far, the UK government reports that Under 19s accounted for only 31.5% of starts. A huge number of young people are embarking upon advanced apprenticeships (41.8%) and higher-level apprenticeships (34.4%) as successful pathways into their chosen careers, receiving full training on the job and valuable industry experience.*

* Last updated 30/01/2023

You can find below useful information for both parents and pupils concerning apprenticeships.

Resources for Students and Parents