If you are in Year 11, you must stay in learning or training until at least your 18th birthday. Learning can be through an apprenticeship or further study.
For further details check out the Raising the Participation Age (RPA) leaflet (see Downloads on this page).
The official school leaving date is the last Friday in June for Year 11s. You should not start a full-time job with training or an apprenticeship before this date.
Apprenticeships are jobs with training, which use a mix of on and off-the-job training that lead to qualifications at level 2 or 3. You can also do a higher or degree apprenticeship after further study at school or college.
Skill areas include: hairdressing, business administration, accountancy, IT, sport and leisure, hospitality, motor vehicle work, construction and retailing. Many employers set entry or selection tests or ask for specific GCSE qualifications.
Apprentices are paid and earn at least £3.90 an hour in 2019 (updated every April) but most earn a lot more.
It’s a big step moving from school into full-time work with training. Most employers will have an induction or new starter’s plan to help you settle into work.
When you start work remember to:
- wear something smart until you know what is acceptable
- be on time
- ask if you are unsure of anything. If you make a mistake, own up
- put your mobile to ‘silent’ and don't use it when you should be working.
- Don’t use social networks at work. It is advisable not to put comments on social networks about work or anything you would not like your employer to see
- be friendly and polite.