• What next? Your choices at 16

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    Did you know the law now says that from September 2015 all young people will have to stay on in education, training or employment with training until they are 18 years old? So if you are about to finish Year 12 this applies to you.

    These changes will open up a lot of new opportunities for you and will help ensure that you gain the right skills and experience for your future.

    So what can I do after Year 11?

    There are lots of courses and training opportunities to choose from so there’s bound to be something out there to suit you. You can choose to do:

    There are 3 main things you can choose between:

    • continuing to study under the Study Programme: either A Levels or equivalent, or a mixed programme which could include some form of workplace experience

    • starting an Apprenticeship

    • full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training

    I'm confused and I need help!

    Don’t panic, help is at hand. The ‘September Guarantee’ means that if you are 16 or 17 and about to leave school or a one-year college course, you are guaranteed to get help with what to do next, plus the offer of a place on a course to suit you. You can also talk to:

    • your teachers – have a chat to the teachers of your favourite subjects
    • older friends or family who also had to make choices at 16
    • your parents or carers – they know you best, but bear in mind that they may not know much about the subject or career you want to take
    • If you're aged 13 to 18 you can contact a Careers Adviser at the National Careers Service for free information, advice and support on a range of issues. If you're aged 19 or over you can also contact the service.
    • Visit websites that offer advice on what to do next, such as What you can do after GCSEs 

    Ask an Advisor

    If you are a young person aged 16-18, or a worried parent who wants to help their son or daughter but don't know how, then contact us and we’ll get back to you within 48hrs (except at weekends) to point you in the right direction.

    Contact the Youth Employability Service