Information for Parents and Teachers

As a parent or teacher, you want your children to get the best possible start to their working lives. Taking the first step beyond school is life changing, and your children need all the support they can to help them make the right career choices.

To give them the best advice, it’s important for you to be informed. Please take a look at our apprenticeship programmes, as well as the information below, to help your children choose wisely.

Due to the rise in tuition fees at universities and uncertain career prospects upon graduation, apprenticeships are now gradually being recognised as an equal alternative to university.

Pickering offers apprenticeships at both post GCSE and A level entry points, allowing the develop of valuable skills and attaining professional qualification, as well as building a career with a world leader within the test and measurement industry.


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a way to earn whilst you learn. It’s a genuine paid job, with study/training, meaning you gain paid work experience as well as nationally recognised qualifications. All study is tailored towards the future career - and you also learn on the job from experienced colleagues.


What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

There are many benefits from doing an apprenticeship at Pickering, some of the main benefits include:

  • Earning a salary and paid holiday
  • Obtaining professional qualifications
  • Excellent support from experienced colleagues during training
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Developing professional skills such as communication, working in a team and problem solving.
  • Casual dress code
  • Free selection of hot and cold beverages, biscuits and fresh fruit


Who funds the apprenticeship?

Apprentices do not pay anything towards their apprenticeship. Pickering will pay for the apprentice’s training as well as paying their salary.


Why do Pickering recruit apprentices?

  • Grows a dedicated and loyal future workforce; By starting as an apprentice you can gain a thorough understanding of our business which makes you vital as you progress. We also hope our apprentices are loyal to us for giving them their first job and investing in their development.
  • We are committed to investing in our workforce; which in hand, helps create a positive culture and allows for long term growth of our business.
  • Helps to develop others and improves staff retention; by employing apprentices we can create more opportunities for our existing staff to develop their management skills. Studies have shown that this can increase employee engagement and staff retention.


Where can I find more information about apprenticeships?

If you’re a parent or teacher and would like to find out more about Pickering’s Apprenticeship Programmes, please get in touch via the ‘Contact us’ page or you can visit the Government’s collection of apprenticeship resources.

What apprenticeship programmes does Pickering offer?