Staying in learning

You need to stay in some form of learning until you are aged 18. It is important you research all the learning options available to you so that you can make an informed decision about your post 16 learning.

This does not mean that you have to stay in school – the school leaving age has not changed.

You could choose:

  • An apprenticeship
  • Full-time education
  • To become employed, self-employed or take a voluntary job for 20 hours or more a week. This will need to be alongside part-time education, or training for one day per week.

If you want to get a job (become employed) the employer must offer:

  • Training towards an accredited qualification as part of an apprenticeship, or
  • Accredited training with the job, or
  • The opportunity to join an accredited training programme for at least one day per week.

If you are 16 to 19 and not in education, or training (NEET)

We are committed to reducing the number of young people who are not in any form of education, employment or training (NEET). You may be facing barriers, or are unsure where to start. We work with partners to support more young people to continue learning.

If you are under 20 you can talk to:

Prospects Services – Independent Careers Services

Prospects Services help by providing free independent careers guidance and support. They will work with you to decide which is the best way forward to achieve your goals.

Tel: 01926 461 600

Tel: 02476 321 950


If you are 19 and over, you can get free careers support from:

The National Careers Service

Tel: 0800 100 900 (8am to 10pm)


Our partners and course/programmes

All of our courses/programmes will equip you with the skills and confidence needed for employment and support is available afterwards to help you reach your goals.

More information and guidance about NEET.


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