What will you do when you leave school?

All young people must stay in some form of 'learning' until either their 18th birthday or when they achieve a level 3 qualification such as 2 A-levels or similar.This is known as ‘Raising the Participation Age’ or RPA.

What this means for you ....you must choose one of the following:

  • An Apprenticeship
  • Full-time education in school or college
  • Employment, self-employment, volunteering (including caring), or an internship for at least 20 hours a week, for more than 8 weeks, and attend part-time learning for the equivalent of 1 day per week.

Why is this better for you?

You will have better job prospects and increased earnings over your lifetime. For example, getting a level 2 Apprenticeship by £73,000, and a level 3 Apprenticeship increases earnings by an estimated £105,000. The opportunities for unskilled work are shrinking drastically, so choosing an option will help you compete and hold down work in the future.

In the press.......Good grades put money in your pocket

Recent research shows that getting at least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE opens the door to higher earnings. Read more here.

Earning & Learning

If you are not on an Apprenticeship, but are employed, you will need to either:

  • Train towards an accredited qualification as part of that job, or
  • Enrol on an accredited part-time course for the equivalent of 1 day per week in addition to your job.

Where can I find out more?

For more information, click here to go to the Adviza (previously Connexions Berkshire) web site, or ask your tutor about speaking to the school's careers advisor.

Deciding on your career

Look through the web pages under 'Your Career'. Click on the following to find what you need.

Events & Advice - useful careers web sites and advice services, the latest on careers events, college open days in the area, company events, preparing a CV, wowing at interviews etc

Jobs & Training - current job vacancies (including part time), those advertised in local newspapers, and links to companies recruiting. Help with applications & CVs. Advice for school leavers. See also Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships - links to the current vacancies and how to apply.

Volunteering - expand your CV and your skills and improve your chances of getting the job or uni place you want . Links to local volunteer centres and volunteer schemes.

Still not sure which career?

There are plenty of organisations and web sites to help you with ideas, and decide the next step on your career path.

Try work experience or a part time job. A work placement during the school holidays, can help you try out options whilst gaining valuable contacts. Part time work in any area will help with accessing your chosen career area e.g. serving food can help develop your customer skills, whilst newspaper delivery jobs show job commitment.

The hours you can work vary according to your age.

Have more than one option - your 'Plan B' -  in case somehting unforseen happens like you don't achieve the grades you need.