Learning and working: finished school?
Finished school? What next?
Nowadays you are expected to continue in some form of education or training until at least your 18th birthday, but you now have more options to choose from. These are:
- full time education at school or college;
- an apprenticeship (work-based learning) or traineeship;
- full time employment or volunteering, combined with part-time education or training;
- foundation learning or a personal development programme
If you are under 18 and haven’t yet got your Maths and English at Level 2 (GCSE grades A–C or equivalent) then you will need to study these alongside your course or training.
You don’t have to have the rest of your life planned, but it’s important to make some decisions about what you want to do next. While in school ask your Careers Coordinator what help is available. If you’ve left school and not sure what to do next, you can get advice from Young People’s Services at Clarence Street, see here, or one of the places mentioned in the next section.
If you are under 18 and not in education, work or training you can’t usually claim benefits, but see the benefits sections especially here.