But before then, the law says you need to be in full-time education.
After that last Friday in June of Year 11, the law then gives you the following choices until you are 18:
- Full-time Education (sixth form, college or similar)
- Apprenticeship (or Traineeship)
- Employment (or volunteering) 20+ hours per week – combined with part-time education or training
On your 18th birthday, you are free to choose for yourself.
* It is slightly different outside England. If relevant to you, there’s more on this here.
If you are studying in education, why not first ask if your Sixth Form, College or University have staff nominated to help with careers advice & guidance. They may be tutors, careers advisers or have CIAG in their job title. CIAG is a commonly used term which stands for Careers Information, Advice & Guidance.
If you are looking for personal careers advice & guidance, the following may be able to help –
- Career Development Institute (CDI) – The CDI website lists professionally qualified careers advisers across the UK.
- New Mango – see advert link (above)
- Skills Centre South West – drop in centre next to Cabot Circus
- T2 group – see advert link (above)
- UWE Post-16 Careers Guidance
- West of England Careers – 1-1 careers advice sessions for employed / unemployed participants aged 16+ in the Local Enterprise Partnership region.
Others offering careers advice include –
- Access Creative College
- Creative Youth Network
- Findability (Bristol) – SEN/disability
- The Institute of the Motor Industry
For those at risk of leaving school – or already disengaged from education, try the following pages on Careersnearhere.com:
- Social Enterprises & Charities > Employability & Reducing Barriers
- Post 16 Options > NEET & Disengaged
And for unemployed young adults, aged 18+, try the following pages on Careersnearhere.com:
If you are looking for online information, why not have a look at the Careers Advice & Guidance Online section under Help at the bottom of this page.
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