The government has increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training. They are still allowed to leave school at 16, but must continue in some form of learning.

They have introduced this change in 2 stages:

  • pupils who left year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014
  • pupils who left year 11 in summer 2014 or later have to continue until at least their 18th birthday

What is learning?

This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:

  • full-time education (eg at a school or college)
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
    • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
    • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

What are the benefits to young people?

Remaining in learning for longer:

  • helps develop the skills needed for adult life
  • encourages achievement of full potential
  • raises aspirations and expectations
  • reduces the likelihood of unemployment
  • increases income earning potential
  • encourages positive attitudes towards lifelong learning
  • reduces the likelihood of poor health

Where can I get help?

  • Ask to speak to your school’s Careers Advisor.
  • The Brighton & Hove Youth Employability Service offers free advice, guidance, information or support if you are 16-18, live in Brighton and Hove and not in education, employment or training.
  • The BEACH website (Brighton Employability Advice & Careers Hut) offers advice on employability skills and careers specific to Brighton and Hove.
  • Brighton and Hove City Council offers many different Apprenticeship opportunities throughout the year. advertises Apprenticeships with other local employers and the National Apprenticeship Service website will give you all the information you need about Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
  • The National Careers Service website offers general careers advice for 13-16 year olds.
  • The Gov.UK website offers advice on Apprenticeships, 14 to 19 education and training at work.

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