What Next

THE LAW...


In England, everyone born on or after 1st September 1997 must stay in some form of further education or training up until the age of 18.


This can include full/part-time education, an apprenticeship or 

traineeship, being employed/self-employed or volunteering over 20 hours a week.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE READY


First, look at all the options in front of you and ask; What am I interested in? What job would I like in the future? What am I good at? What qualifications do I already have?

Once you have decided what you would like to do, it is worth researching how you can go about getting started. Most College courses and apprenticeships can be applied for with a form you can collect in person or download from their website. They will often ask for your personal details, what courses you would like to do, your list of qualifications and any previous experience.

It can often be worth attending a college open day to speak to the providers and figure out the best way of applying for the course you want to do.

Applying for a job or volunteering will usually require handing in an up-to-date CV. This will contain details about yourself, your qualifications, your skills, interests, and hobbies. Paying jobs will also require you to have your National Insurance number and a bank account to pay you.


FULL TIME & PART-TIME EDUCATION


Full-time education will take place at a college or a sixth form. Colleges and Sixth Forms will allow you to work towards achieving A-Levels (or AS levels). These qualifications are valued by universities and employers in the future. They can be in a wide range of subjects and you can choose something that will work towards the path you would like in the future.

Colleges will also offer vocational course. These can be more specific to a job you would like in the future. Job-related subjects are known as Applied General Courses and will generally cover an entire job sector such as business, IT or social care. Practical courses are more specific to one type of job, but offer more hands-on training, have less time in the classroom and more time in the workplace. Most vocational courses will earn a qualification equivalent to A-Levels.

Part-time education will still require you to be working towards a qualification, but you will also be employed or volunteering for 20 or more hours a week.

It is important to remember that if you do not have the grades to meet the criteria for the course you wanted, most colleges will work with you to find an alternative course or provide a way for you to get the grades you need, in order to access the course of your choice.


APPRENTICESHIPS


Apprenticeships work towards a specific job and give you relevant practical qualifications. Apprenticeships often involve working alongside skilled professionals in the workplace, and you will receive a wage while you are there. Some of your time during an apprenticeship will be in classroom to learn the theory side of the industry, but most of your time will be in the workplace. Level 2 apprenticeships take 12 months to complete and level 3 will take 24 months. Most apprenticeships can be applied for via a college and can be in a subject you want to make a career out of.


TRAINEESHIP


These are for young people that feel they are not yet ready to start an apprenticeship or work. They are for young people that feel they do not yet have the skills or experience they need. A traineeship will help set them up for what they need to progress.


SUPPORTED INTERNSHIPS


Supported internships are structured study plans that will take place with employers. They are designed for young people with learning difficulties or an EHCP plan, with the goal of providing training to lead to full-time employment. They are similar to apprenticeships and traineeships but provide more support.


WORKING VOLUNTEERING


Working or volunteering can cover many different areas, but you should be working towards a nationally-recognised qualification. Working full-time you must make you sure it offers training, progression for the future and opportunities for future employment.


SUPPORTED INTERNSHIPS


Supported internships are structured study plans that will take place with employers. They are designed for young people with learning difficulties or an EHCP plan, with the goal of providing training to lead to full-time employment. They are similar to apprenticeships and traineeships but provide more support.

At Innovate we will help in any way possible to get you moving in the direction of the future you want. Starting your post 16 journey can be daunting, but there are lots of ways we can help.

  • Helping you write your CV
  • Taking you to appointments and college open days
  • Looking through different education and careers options
  • Providing tutoring to help get the grades you need for college
  • Interview practice
  • Organising work experience
  • Providing practical skills
  • Help with filling out applications
  • Planning how you will get to and from college
  • General advice of what to expect from post 16

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