Staying in learning

It is government policy that all young people must stay in some form of learning until their 18th birthday. However, staying in learning does not mean that young people must stay in school; the school leaving age has not changed.

A young person can choose from the following options:

  • An Apprenticeship – where you can earn and learn
  • Full-time Education – this can be at a Further Education College, Sixth Form College or School Sixth Form
  • A young person also has the option to become employed, self-employed or take a voluntary job for 20 hours or more a week, but this will need to be combined with part-time education or training for one day per week.

Can you just get a job?

Only if the company employing the young person offers:

  • Training towards gaining an accredited qualification, for example as part of an Apprenticeship, or
  • Accredited learning alongside the work provided by the employer or the opportunity to enrol on an accredited programme for the equivalent of one day per week.

Staying in learning longer will not only increase chances of securing a job with career prospects, it will also help the young person gain important skills for life.


Careers Support for Post 16 Young People

Advice and Guidance

Are you aged 16 to 19 and:

  • Do not yet have a place at a school sixth form or college?
  • Would like help with finding an Apprenticeship?
  • Have dropped out of school sixth form, college, or an apprenticeship and would like some careers advice? or
  • Would you benefit from talking to someone about a young person who is living at home and who could do with help getting into training or a job?

Prospects Services can help by providing free independent careers guidance and support.

Prospects Services – Independent Careers Services

Tel: 01926 461 600
Tel: 02476 321 950

Or you can contact The National Careers Service to access information and advice about education, training and work.

The National Careers Service

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


Support for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

If you are aged 16-19 and are not currently participating in education or training or have dropped out of an education or training programme you can get free careers support from the Council through Prospects Services.

Prospects Services – Independent Careers Services

Tel: 01926 461 600
Tel: 02476 321 950

As soon as a young person is identified as being NEET, Prospects will:

  • Contact the young person
  • Carry out an assessment of need in order to provide specialist careers advice and guidance
  • Help the young person to apply for education, training and employment opportunities
  • Support the young person through to a positive destination for example: an apprenticeship or enrolment onto a course at college.

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