All students who were born in or after September 1997 must stay in some form of education or training until they are 18 years old. The options are:
- full-time education at a school or college
- an apprenticeship or traineeship
- part-time education or training – as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
Once you finish year 11, other options of education become available to you. You may decide that you wish to stay in education by going on into further education within the school, or at a sixth form college. By doing this you can gain further qualifications such as AS and A levels. These are full time courses and usually cover a two year period, these qualifications focus mainly on academic subjects although there are some which are related to work subjects also.
BTEC qualifications are gained through a mixture of work experience, practical work and theory, these are normally work based and are usually accessed through schools or colleges.
Apprenticeships are a more practical qualification, learners are based in a work placement environment. Learners learn valuable practical hands-on skills, experience and knowledge within in a specific field or profession whilst at the same time gaining qualifications. Apprentices must be paid. Apprenticeships can be taken as a gap year or as an alternative to university. They are free to those who enrol before their 19th birthday. After that your employer may need to pay a contribution.
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A number of local colleges and training providers advertise their Apprenticeship vacancies on GatwickDiamondJobs.com – view the current adverts.
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