School Leaver Choices

If you’re not sure what to do next, Performance Through People are here to help.

Whether you have left or are about to leave school it is time to start thinking about your next steps. If you aren’t sure what next steps will be best for you our team can guide you through the various options.

As you are heading to the end of Year 11 there are several options available:

  • Apprenticeships
  • College
  • Sixth Form
  • Traineeships
  • Work Placement with Training

Remember to think about your long-term career goal. This will help you decide on which option is best for you. To make this more visual you can write down your end goal, the skills you have now, the skills you will need, what you are interested and how you like to learn

Once you have an idea of you goals it is easier to identify the best route of action. Our trained team are on hand to offer non-biased guidance.


An Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to start working and earning at the same time as gaining the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

You can train as an Apprentice in a wide range of job roles. Most apprenticeships don’t have formal entry requirements, but employers may ask for specific grades, particularly in maths and English.

Benefits include:

  • Receiving relevant training and learning job specific skills
  • Hands on learning in a real workplace
  • Opportunities to progress to a higher-level Apprenticeship, up the career ladder or to university
  • You’ll earn a wage and no tuition fees to pay
  • Over 90% of Apprentices stay in employment and a third are promoted

What Parents think about Apprenticeships?

  • Over three quarters of young people and parents think that apprenticeships offer good career prospects.
  • 45% of parent think a University degree delivers less value than it used to.


A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience. It will include training to prepare you for the workplace, the opportunity to improve your English and maths if needed and a high quality work experience placement. Traineeships last anything from six weeks to six months and the content is tailored to your needs and those of the business you are working with.

You could be suitable for a Traineeship if you:

  • Are unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week) and have little work experience
  • Are motivated to work
  • Are aged 16 – 23

You can also contact your local Careers Centre for information on local opportunities and for help with the skills involved in looking for a job. You can find out more by visiting:

Wolverhampton Connexions

Dudley Connexions

You can also find more information about different routes to a wide range of careers on the National Careers Service website.


Find out more about apprenticeships

Our Apprenticeships

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Course Type: Apprenticeship

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups

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Dental Practice Manager Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Course Type: Apprenticeship

The Practice Manager is responsible for managing all non-clinical aspects within a specified practice/s to achieve excellent patient care, quality, cost and delivery performance in line with practice strategy, goals and values. The Practice Manager leads the team by providing sup

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Business Administrator Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Course Type: Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for those working in a range of positions across different sectors. The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. Business administrator

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Customer Service Specialist (Level 3)

Course Type: Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for people responsible for direct customer support within a range of sectors and organisations. They will be an advocate of Customer Service who acts as a referral point for dealing with more complex or technical customer requests, complaints, and

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Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Course Type: Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for people who are managing projects, these can be varied sizes and across different types of organisation. An associate project manager utilises resources skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge to work together in a motivated and integra

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Regulatory Compliance Officer (Level 4)

Course Type: Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for those working in the public sector who either perform regulatory services functions within local authorities such as environmental health, fire safety, licensing or trading standards, or work within monitoring compliance teams within national r

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Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Course Type: Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care.

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