Options for young people

Choosing the next step with qualifications can be confusing – we’ve collated the options and provided an explanation of what each of them is about and how you can find out more. Check it out.

Next steps after year 11

Find out more about the options available to young people who have just finished year 11.

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Next steps after year 12, 13 or 14

Find out more about the options available to young people aged between 16 and 19 or who left school a year or more ago.

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Adult learning

If you are considering upskilling, retraining or would like to talk to an adviser, the National Careers Service can help.

National Careers Service

Useful contacts

There is lots of support available locally to help young people consider the different options available to them.

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Latest information from government

Young people in the North East will have access to additional support from government as part its 'Plan for Jobs’ targeted at reducing the impact of COVID-19. Latest information and announcements from government can be found below.

Kick Start scheme

The Kickstart scheme is for those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding available for each six month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week and employers will be able to top this wage up.

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High value courses for school and college leavers

Government will provide £101 million for the 2020-21 academic year to give all 18-19 year olds in England the opportunity to study targeted high value Level 2 and 3 courses when there are not employment opportunities available to them.

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University places for vital courses announced

Government has approved over 9,000 additional places at UK universities for courses to, support the economy and the NHS and to encourage STEM subject take-up.

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