The law requires all young people in England to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. If you are in year 11 you will need to be in some kind of recognised education or training.
No one will be forced to stay at school and there are lots of choices including part-time education or training alongside work. This will involve working towards a nationally recognised qualification as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.
Apprenticeships lead to qualifications and key skills. Apprentices can either be:
- employed and receiving a wage from the employer or
- linked to an employer through a learning provider
Employed apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
For more information see the apprenticeship pages on Gov.uk.
Financial help and support may also be available to your parents or carers, such as Child Benefit and Tax Credits. Ask your careers adviser about any benefits or funding that your parents or carers may be able to apply for.
Other help such as hardship loans may be available to you. This is based on your personal circumstances. To find out more speak to your school, college, academy or training provider. Your careers adviser can help you with more information about what financial help may be available to you.