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Post 16 Education & Careers guidance for 16-19 years

Post-16 education

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training. This does not mean you have to stay in school. You will be able to choose from:

  • full-time education (eg at a school or college)
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
    • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
    • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

Prospects Careers Advice Plus in Havering will also support young people wishing to find employment, including supported employment. This includes Supported Internships, Apprenticeships and Traineeships and how to apply for them. Job coaches and employment agencies may also be able to offer support.

Young people either resident in Havering or attending a Havering school can contact Prospects on: 01708 746401 for self-referral..

Your Prospects Personal Adviser can:

  • discuss courses that are offered in school sixth forms
  • explain what you could do at college and  the  support you might get
  • talk to you about work-based training, apprenticeships and jobs
  • give you information leaflets
  • explore different job areas
  • give details about jobs that are near your home.
  • talk about work experience/volunteering opportunities
  • arrange for you to visit their drop-in centres
  • help you write an action plan which will help you decide what to do
  • help you apply to college and/or jobs and apprenticeships
  • Contribute to your Education and Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • help you find out about any benefits or other financial support you may be entitled to
  • refer you to other services and talk to other people on your behalf if necessary and as long as you agree

 

 

Schools with sixth forms

Many of the secondary schools in Havering run courses for students aged 16-18. These are:

Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Drapers' Academy

Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School

St Edward’s Church of England Academy and Sixth Form College

Campion School

Schools offer a range of courses to meet needs and interests. These include A levels, other academic courses and Vocational programmes. To find out what courses are offered by each school it is best to look at the schools own website – look for the post 16 programme/prospectus.

If you have a child who attends a Special School in Havering our Local Offer website has more information on post 16 options.

What could this option do for you?

Gaining qualifications can give you more choice about your future. They show employers, colleges and universities that you have the skills and qualities needed to succeed and progress.

Getting qualifications can boost your confidence and can help you get a well paid job.

Schools offer lots of ways in which you can develop your skills, knowledge, and experience in out of school activities, sport, music and taking part in the life of the school.

What do I need to do now?

Decide what and where you would like to study.

Make an application to the school. If you are already a pupil at the school you will begin this process during year 11

If you are at another school, you might like to ask to visit, or attend an open day/evening. Look on the school website for details or give the school a call to make arrangements.

Do I need any extra help or advice?

If you are still at school, your school must provide you with access to independent advice and guidance on all your post 16 options.

If you are not in education, employment or training, Prospects Careers Advice Plus (formerly Connexions services) can help you. Take a look at the Prospects website or arrange to meet an advisor by contacting them on 01708 746401

For further help and support, you can talk to an impartial adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or web-chat online at nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

Follow @NationalCareers on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

What support could I get if I choose this option?

There may be financial support available, depending on your circumstances. More information can be found on GOV.UK – 16 -19 Bursary Fund, and the school will be able to give you details of how it works.

 

Colleges in Havering

FE Colleges offer a range of courses to meet your needs and interests. These include A levels, other academic courses, and vocational programmes. To find out what courses are offered by each college it is best to look at the institution’s own website. Look for the ‘16-18’ or ‘courses’ section.

Havering Sixth Form College

Havering College of Further & Higher Education

Havering Adult College

If you have a child who attends a Special School in Havering our Local Offer website has more information on post 16 options.

What could this option do for you?

Gaining qualifications can give you more choice about your future. They show employers, colleagues, and universities that you have the skills and qualities needed to succeed and progress.

Getting qualifications can boost your confidence and can help you get a well-paid job.

Colleges offer lots of ways in which you can develop your skills, knowledge, and experience through taking part in the social life at college.

What do I need to do now?

Decide what and where you would like to study.

Make an application to the college.  You may choose to attend an open day/evening which will give you the opportunity to have a look round and ask questions.

You will probably be asked to attend an interview which will give you the opportunity to ask further questions and explore you options

Do I need any extra help or advice?

If you are still at school, your school must provide you with access to independent advice and guidance on all your post 16 options.

If you are not in education, employment or training, Prospects Careers Advice Plus (formerly Connexions services) can help you. Take a look at the Prospects website or arrange to meet an advisor by contacting them on 01708 746401.

For further help and support, you can talk to an impartial adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or web-chat online at nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

Follow @NationalCareers on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

What support could I get if I choose this option?

There may be financial support available, depending on your circumstances. Information can be found at GOV.UK – 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, and the college will be able to give you details of how it works.

 

Apprenticeships

Apprentices are employees, paid to work and follow a course of study to become qualified at their job.

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience at the same time. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.

Apprenticeship training is offered by FE colleges and other training providers, often on a day release basis.

If you already have a job and would like to know whether it is possible to turn this into an apprenticeship, you and your employer should look on the Apprenticeships website for more information.

What could this option do for you?

All Apprenticeships offer a package of qualifications which are vocational (practical), knowledge based (theoretical) and include literacy and numeracy skills. Many also include IT or communication skills.

Apprenticeships are available at different levels dependant on your skills and experience, as well as the job role you would be doing.

What do I need to do now?

Visit the Apprenticeships website where you will find lots of information about what apprenticeships are available, how to find an apprenticeship as well as the real life experiences of young people who have already followed this route.

Do I need any extra help or advice?

If you are still at school, they must provide you with access to independent advice and guidance on all your post 16 options.

If you are not in education, employment or training, Prospects Careers Advice Plus can help you. Take a look at the Prospects website  or arrange to meet an advisor by contacting them on 01708 746401.

For further help and support, you can talk to an impartial adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or web-chat online at nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

Follow @NationalCareers on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

What support could I get if I choose this option?

There is no set rate of pay for apprentices; however the minimum wage for all employed apprentices is £3.70 per hour (April 2018).

As your skills develop, your pay will increase accordingly. You may also get additional money for essential books, clothing or equipment, or to help you with a disability. As an apprentice, you will also receive the same benefits as other employees such as staff discounts, pension contributions, subsidised canteen and leisure facilities.

Register your interest in an apprenticeship with London Borough of Havering

 

Volunteering

Learn more about volunteering in Havering

 

Work

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training meaning that you now have to combine this with work until at least your 18th birthday. Find out more about https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school

Whether you know what you want to do or are still unsure, look at a range of jobs. Check out the following:

You may have a great business idea and want to set up your own business. There is plenty of advice and support out there for you to research and decide if this is for you. Big businesses do this before they start a project so you don’t need to go it alone. Look at these web sites as a start:

What could this option do for you?

Five great reasons for getting a job:

  • money
  • independence
  • meeting new people
  • getting new skills and qualifications
  • taking control of your life

Getting a job can also give you experience of the world of work and give you the opportunity to think about what you want to do next.

Volunteering may be an option for you if you are clear about what you want to do and need some experience. It could also be an option for you while you are looking for a job. More information is available at GOV.UK – Volunteering or visit the V Inspired website.

Remember if you choose to be self employed no one will give you holiday or sick pay. It will be up to you to earn enough money to keep you going throughout the year whatever happens.

Do I need any extra help or advice?

If you are still at school, your school must provide you with access to independent advice and guidance on all your post 16 options.

If you are not in education, employment or training, Prospects Careers Advice Plus (formerly Connexions services) can help you. Take a look at the Prospects website or arrange to meet an advisor by contacting them on 01708 746401.

For further help and support, you can talk to an impartial adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or web-chat online at nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

Follow @NationalCareers on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

The national careers service website can also help you decide what to do next.