The government has increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training. They are still allowed to leave school at 16, but must continue in some form of learning.
They have introduced this change in 2 stages:
- pupils who left year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014
- pupils who left year 11 in summer 2014 or later have to continue until at least their 18th birthday . . . read more
Learning doesn’t just mean staying at school or college. It could mean getting an apprenticeship, finding a job with training or working and studying at the same time!
Hang on a minute!
There are laws in place to protect you if you want to work before you are 16 years old. They restrict the hours and type of work you can do.
Also employment law treats young people under the the age of 18 differently from adults.
Don’t forget if you’re doing a weekend or evening job and are still under sixteen you must inform the local council and obtain a work permit to do so. Without it you are working illegally and are not insured. Click here for more information specifically for young people.
BEACH is here to support everybody but if you are disabled and would benefit from some additional support then these local organisations may be able to help you:
Finally, back to job hunting
These days, there are so many different ways to find employment and work based learning. However, they fit into the following categories:
- Jobs Boards, Websites & Local Press
- Going Direct
- Recruitment Agencies
- The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)