Newham College

Newham College


High-end clients and exciting projects

Charles Pennington, 21, is an apprentice at Park Communications, an award-winning printing firm based in East London. He is studying at Newham College.

Charles started his Level 3 Business & Administration apprenticeship in February after achieving the Level 2 NVQ qualification last year.

“When I initially started, I was carrying out basic tasks and shadowing staff members,” he said. “I now have more responsibility and independence in my role. We work with really high-end clients and get some exciting projects, including government papers. We have just recently produced David Bowie’s Commemorative book.”

When asked why he chose to follow the Apprenticeship route, Charles answered: “I went to sixth form and progressed to studying at college, where I realised that I wanted to learn in a more practical way. I was sceptical about doing an apprenticeship, but I can get an NVQ and valuable work experience that I wouldn’t otherwise have.”

Newham College maintain a strong relationship and regular communication with employers to provide regular feedback for the apprentice.

“The feedback that I get has been really positive,” said Charles. “I meet with my support officer at Newham College every two weeks to review my progress and to hear what the employer has to say, which keeps me really motivated.”

Charles will complete the Level 3 apprenticeship at the end of the academic year when he will be offered the opportunity to commence full-time employment.