Staying in learning

In England, you need to stay in some form of learning until you are 18 years old. 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.

It’s important you research all the learning options available to you so that you can make an informed decision about your post-16 learning.

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, employment or training (NEET)

We understand that young people who are classed as NEET may be facing barriers, or are unsure where to start. We are committed to reducing the number of young people in this category. If you are under 20 you can talk to Prospects Services – Independent Careers Services.

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 courses/programmes

All of our courses and programmes will help you to gain the skills and confidence that you need for employment. Support is available afterwards to help you reach your goals.