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Stay on in learning or training post 16

Stay on in learning or training post 16

The government recognises that school isn’t for everyone so continuing in education or training can mean:   

  • Full time education (school, college or independent provider for at least 540 hours)

  • An apprenticeship

  • Full-time work, including at least 280 hours of accredited education over the year

  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week).

Advice and guidance on the full range of options open to you will be available through your school, young people's careers helpline or online resources. Talk to your teachers about accessing face-to-face advice if you need help thinking through the pros and cons of different options.

Where can I find out more?

You can find out more information about raising the participation age on The Department for Education pages on GOV.UK. 

Other sites of interest

Contact details

01724 298554

Careers and Progression Team
Hewson House
PO Box 35
Station Road
DN20 8XJ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 16/01/2018