Your choices at 16

Work or voluntary work route

Choosing to work and learn at 16 

This does not mean you have to stay in school until you are 18, you can choose from a range of things:

  • Full-time education, such as school or college.
  • An apprenticeship.
  • Part-time education or training if you are employed or self-employed for 20 hours or more a week.
  • Part-time education or training plus volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

If you do choose the work/voluntary work route, this will involve you working towards a nationally recognised qualification as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

If this is of interest to you then you need to discuss this option with your teachers, tutors, careers advisers, parents and carers to ensure this route will:

  • meet your needs, both now and in the future;
  • give you opportunities for future employment;
  • ensure you have options for further training later.