Your choices at 16
It's now time to choose your post 16 options!
But why carry on learning post 16?
Well, with more qualifications you will have more choice about what job you want to do, so you’re more likely to find a job you enjoy rather than get stuck in a rut doing unskilled jobs. Also, better qualifications can give you a chance to earn more money!
And the law has now changed..
By 2013 everyone will have to be in some form of recognised education and training up to the age of 17. This rises to 18 by 2015.
This means if you are in Year 11 in September 2012, you will need to continue in education or training until at least the end of the school year in which you turn 17. If you are in Year 10 or below, you will need to continue until at least your 18th birthday, as most people already do.
No-one will be forced to stay at school – there will be a range of choices:
- Full-time education, such as school or college;
- Job with learning (Apprenceship);
- Part-time education or training for one day a week, if you are employed; self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.
If you want to read more about the Raising of the Participation Age follow this link to a government document aimed at young people.
Gaining good qualifications will help you to:
- Move on to your next stage of learning
- Broaden your career choices
- Get a better-paid and more interesting job in the long term
- Be more in control of your life
- Become interested in learning new things throughout your life
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