The law has changed and young people now have to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. And from 2015 this will be until their 18th birthday.
This is known as raising the participation age (RPA) - the Government’s new policy to give all young people the opportunity to develop their skills and qualifications, and supporting them to secure employment or progress to higher education.
if you left Year 11 in summer 2013 you will need to continue in education or training until at least the end of the academic year in which you turn 17
if you started Year 11 in September 2013, you will need to stay in education or training until at least your 18th birthday.
When you leave secondary education, there are lots of options available. You can choose from:
Staying in education or training will mean that you will be more qualified, which will give you better job prospects in the future. There is also a big pay gap between people with qualifications, and those without.
It is important that you take the time to research which option is best for you.
Speak to your parents/carers, teachers and careers adviser to help you decide what to do. Don’t choose courses just because your friends are choosing them.
Why not register your interest in doing an apprenticeship with Hampshire County Council?