There are lots of different ways of gaining further qualifications, skills or work experience – and the range of options is growing. You could: •continue in full-time education, either at school or college •continue your learning through work-based training If you’re aged 16 or 17 and coming towards the end of a school or college course, the ‘September Guarantee’ means that you’ll definitely be able to continue learning. Everyone in this age group due to leave education is guaranteed an offer of a place on an appropriate course – and information, advice and guidance to help weigh up their options.
Staying in full-time education There is a much wider range of subjects and qualifications that students are able to choose from up until now. As well as A levels, there is a growing range of work-related qualifications. Selected schools and colleges are also offering the Diploma qualification for 14 to 19-year-olds. Depending on what type of study is taken there is an option to stay on at school, or go to a sixth form college, specialist, college or further education college.
Students with a disability or learning difficulty, should check how there school or college could provide extra help to ensure that they are assessed fairly. Learning at work If ready to start work then it’s important to pick a job that offers planned training leading to a nationally recognised qualification. There are lots of ways to improve skills and get qualifications, from Apprenticeships to the ‘Entry to Employment’ scheme. Apprenticeships As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills.
Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply. Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is ? 2. 60 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.