Education and Training
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Making the right choices now can help you get the job you want in the future...
As you progress through school, you will be able to make some decisions about what you want to learn. There are the usual subjects but there might be some new ones, different ways of learning and a range of qualifications available. There are more opportunities for work-based learning such as apprenticeships.
Sometimes it's hard to know which is right for you. But there's plenty of help...
The Education and Skills Act 2008 increased the minimum age at which young people can leave learning.
- Young people in year 11 in 2012/13 will continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17
- Those in year 10 and below in 2012/13 will continue in learning until their 18th birthday
- This does not mean you have to stay at school, you could go to college, do an apprenticeship or get a job as long as you are still learning
- Raising the participation age - Information for Young People
Local support in Hertfordshire
- Youth Connexions Personal Advisers can meet with you in School, College or in the community. Visit your nearest Youth Connexions One Stop Shop or Centre for impartial and expert advice.
- Many schools and colleges have software packages called "Kudos" and "Adult Directions". You can enter your likes and dislikes to produce a list of job suggestions and then find out more information about the jobs you are interested in. Ask your Careers or Youth Connexions Co-ordinator about how you can access this software. Adult Directions is also available in your local Youth Connexions Centre or One Stop Shop
- To find courses in Hertfordshire, at local schools and colleges look at the new site UCAS Progress
- Knowing about the future job market can be very helpful when you are planning your career. For example; what skills to learn or courses to study, what are your chances of getting into your chosen job, or of finding work this information can be found in The Job Market section
- Think you may have a learning difficulty? See also the download at the bottom of the page about learning difficulty assessment
Other useful information to help you choose...
- GOV.UK Education and Learning section has advice and links to help you think about qualifications, courses and financial support for learning
- Useful information about learning and studying from the BBC
- Stressed about exams? Click here.
- Latest news about the 16-19 Bursary. Funding for students in full time education in financial hardship
- Find out about financial support for Higher Education here.
Check out the latest Get Smaart E-Mag that covers a wide range of topics including courses, training and how to apply to university.
Click on these factsheets below to help you with your future
- Where to find Information
- What is a Learning Difficulty Assessment?
- How to successfully apply for an Apprenticeship