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Raising the participation age

How will this affect me?

All young people in England must continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18. 

What options do I have?

There are lots of opportunities available to you:

  • School sixth form
  • College
  • Apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Part-time education or training combined with employment or volunteering for 20+ hours a week. Eligibility criteria will apply.

I think College could be for me. Where can I find more information on your courses?

Why not have a look through the subjects on offer at the College and visit our open events coming up in the next few months. Also, College courses are free for 16-18 year olds.

Why has the Government done this?

The Government wants to give you the best chance to succeed in employment by gaining further qualifications and skills. This will also give you a wider range of career paths so you will find it easier to find a job with better pay and prospects.

What should I do?

Research thoroughly the career you are interested in – for some you will need a level 3 qualification, an apprenticeship or business training. Sometimes staying in the sixth form may not be the best option for you.

Where can I find more information?

Your school has a legal obligation to independently inform you of your post-16 options (including going to College, taking up an apprenticeship and other sixth forms). If you need more information on your options you can also check out the National Career ServiceMedway Youth Trust or why not phone one of our careers advisers?