On Wednesday 26th September, Year 13 students who are interested in applying for an apprenticeship after post 16, at Wilmington Academy, attended a workshop by Peter Cobrin – Head of Education and Training at First Class Education Solutions (www.firstclasseducation.org.uk)

Peter has been a regular guest presenter at Wilmington Academy and is always thought provoking and popular with students.

Career Progression

He began by charting his own career progression from journalism, teaching and then to .I.T emphasising that like him, many students will go on to have a progression of careers. However, he stressed the importance of that first career move being an important one that he is keen to help students to get right.


Within a series of short tasks, he asked students to think about themselves and how they can sell themselves to potential employers by initially listing their personal attributes and skills . He explained the importance of students having an idea of who they are and how this might better help them to explore future paths.


Peter, who was a founder of the web site Not Going to Uni went on to explain the logistics of how apprenticeships work and that students are best to take an apprenticeship offered directly by an employer.


He then moved on to the purpose of a C.V and how it needs to grab the attention of the recipient. Students were set the task of writing a few lines on what they can offer an employer explaining and demonstrating their skills and experience.

Interview Skills

Interview skills were discussed including the following:

  • Suitable attire
  • Cleanliness- clean hands and fingernails
  • Arrive early
  • Have a dummy run of the journey
  • Research both the company and the interviewer
  • Know who the decision maker is
  • Questions not to ask
  • Questions that students might want to ask


Peter’s final piece of advice was always to ask for feedback.


Thank you yet again to Peter for another useful session for our students. Students were engaged and thanked Peter for his valuable time and advice.