School/College Leavers

Deciding what to do when you leave school or college can be daunting - but we are here to help you. PETA has helped hundreds of young people make a successful transition from school or college to work. We provide advice and guidance, taster days, open days and parents briefings which are all aimed at ensuring you and your family have all the facts so that you can make an informed choice.

We also offer a Diploma in Engineering which starts every January and September as well as lots of Apprenticeship opportunities:

You can find all of our vacancies here:

Engineering Jobs

Business Jobs

ICT Jobs


What is an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a great place to start your career whilst earning a wage, receiving free training and gaining recognised qualifications with on the job training. An apprenticeship is a paid job, but it's more than that it’s the first step on a solid career path.

At PETA we actively work with a wide range of employers across Hampshire to create apprenticeship opportunities for you so we always have vacancies available. We have vacancies in ICT, Engineering and Business.

Whether you are just about to leave school or college or are thinking of leaving college then an apprenticeship is the perfect choice for you. We have centres in Cosham, Portsmouth and Havant where you can do your training and the employers we work with are from across Hampshire giving you plenty of opportunities to find somewhere close to home.  

An apprenticeship involves on-the-job training with lots of support from PETA throughout.  

You’ll get  a great start to your career with:

  • relevant work experience in a career that suits you
  • a salaried job  
  • free training 
  • qualifications
  • support and guidance
  • an NUS Extra card
  • access to higher levels of apprenticeships or a degree


Benefits of being an Apprentice 

Huge range of careers

If you are over 16 you can apply for an apprenticeship in a huge range of sectors. 

 Avoid university debt and get paid 

 Why get into lots of debt by going to university when you can be paid to learn in an apprenticeship. You get paid for both the work and the training that you do.

 Gain valuable work experience

You will gain real and valuable work experience giving you a huge advantage over those that go to university

Skills that employers value

Your apprenticeship will ensure you develop a wide range of skills that employers value making you even more employable when you complete your apprenticeship.

Paid holiday

You will get at least 20 days paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays.

Here’s just a selection of careers which can be started with an apprenticeship, there are many more available

  •  Engineering Technician
  • Welder
  • Toolmaker
  • CNC Programmer
  • Process Engineer
  • Production Planner
  • Team Leader
  • Accounting
  • Marketing Manager
  • Customer Service Advisor
  • Administrator
  • HR Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • IT Service Desk Technician
  • Software Developer
  • Network Manager


Benefits of a PETA apprenticeship

  • Small tutor groups
  • Excellent opportunities with a wide range of Hampshire employers
  • Quality training venues
  • Support throughout from trainer/ assessors
  • We have over 47 years of experience


Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

How much can I earn?

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour however many employers will pay more than this. Average wages in the UK for an apprentice are £170 net per week.

The great thing about an apprenticeship is that you are paid for your studying and training as well as for the work you do. 

How long do apprenticeships last for?

They can last between one and four years, we will advise you when you apply for an apprenticeship usually around 24 months. 

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Why wait? Get straight into your career learning and earning all the way with an Apprenticeship
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