Employment

From writing a CV to getting work experience, there are lots of things you can do to find your first job after leaving school. If you are one of the many young people keen to go out and find a job and start earning their own money rather than continue in education, there are some…

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Traineeships

Get work ready and develop the skills employers are looking for with a traineeship.  Designed for people aged 16-24, traineeships are education and training programmes that incorporate work experience. They help young people secure an apprenticeship or employment by getting them ‘work ready’. Every traineeship has three specific elements; high quality work experience with an…

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Self-employment

You can start a business at any age, so if you have a great idea then don’t be afraid to make it happen. Self-employment is on the rise, and the latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that 21% of 16 to 21 year olds say that they are likely to be self-employed…

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Gap year

Taking a year out can help you to learn new skills, broaden your horizons, and can be a valuable addition to your CV. What could you do if you had a whole year to yourself? Learn a new language? Volunteer? Gain some work experience? The possibilities are endless, so it helps to think about what…

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Further study – college

You can study for a range of qualifications at college, many of which could lead to a full degree after top-up study. College can offer an alternative to university, with the opportunity to study a wide range of courses close to home. Many colleges offer practical and technical courses in subjects such as digital technology,…

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Further study – university

University can be a way of boosting your career prospects and studying a subject you love. As well as offering a huge variety of degree courses, university can be a place where you can build your independence, gain confidence, and take part in all sorts of extra-curricular activities. Most degree courses take between two and…

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School leaver programme

School leaver programmes offer a balance between work and study, with long term placements offering the chance to earn while you learn. Pupils who are moving on from Year 13 can choose to take part in a school leaver programme, which enables you to work towards a qualification while working in a related job and…

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Higher or degree apprenticeship

Hands-on experience in the workplace, combined with a Level 4 or degree-level qualification. Higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships can give you hands-on experience in your chosen career, and you’ll be able to study for a qualification at the same time. Choosing an apprenticeship means that you can earn a salary while you study, and you…

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