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Information, Advice and sources of support for young people in Suffolk

Choices at 16+

On this page we outline

  1. What are my options? Find post 16 provision on Infolink
  2. I don’t know where to start and money matters
  3. Online resources
  4. Information for parents and carers

“What are my options?”

From 2015, young people are required to continue in learning or training until they are age 18. Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school.

What are my choices, and what should I do next?

Your options range from college courses and sixth form, to apprenticeships and other work-based learning options.

You can:

Stay in full-time education – at a school sixth form, 6th form college or FE College and study a range of qualifications at all levels from foundation courses to Level 3, vocational to A level and T level study programmes.

Attend a training provider – Some training providers also offer full time courses, with start dates throughout the year. These are much smaller than a 6th form or college, and give you the chance to get work experience, improve your maths and English skills, and gain confidence.

'I have additional needs'

If you have additional needs, find out about your options and the support available to you on our page - 'I have additional needs'.

If you are in care or leaving care, find out about you options and the support available to you on our page - 'I am in care or leaving care'.

“I don’t know where to start!”

It can feel overwhelming! These tips may help…

1) Think about what you enjoy, how you like to learn and what type of qualification suits you.

2) Think about where you would like to study - e.g school sixth-form, sixth-form college, further education College, training centre, on the job such as an apprenticeship.

3) Speak to your school for careers advice (if you are a recent school leaver), or you can contact your local adviser from the Youth Support Services(16-18)Team to find out who can help you. 

Money Matters

The leaflet below contains links to help you think about money, benefits and your post 16 choices.

Choosing a career

This video ‘Choosing a career’ has some great advice about why we should be flexible and take one step at a time and not be too fixed on one career path.

“If you don’t have a fixed destination, it’s impossible to take a wrong turn! You just need to know what you want to do next.”

Choosing a career video from Not Going To Uni

Online Resources

Rate Your Skills!

Employers are looking for what skills you have not just qualifications! When applying for jobs employers are looking to see how you demonstrate the following skills:

  • Listening – how good you receive and retain information
  • Speaking – how you communicate with others or customers.
  • Problem Solving – how you try to find a solution to a situation by using your know-how or creativity.
  • Digital skills – ability to use digital devices to communicate and collaborate with people.
  • Creativity – How you generate ideas, use your imagination to solve problems.
  • Positivity – How you deal with setbacks to be able to achieve goals, and stay motivated and emotionally well.
  • Planning and organising – How you plan and manage tasks to meet goals on time.
  • Leadership skills – How you support and encourage others to develop and achieve a shared goal.
  • Teamwork – How well you work with groups of diverse people to achieve a shared goal.

Think about which skills you are best at or may need to practice a bit more on. You could get together with friends or family to rate each other on these skills to see if you need to improve on any.

Information for parents and carers – ‘Options after year 11’

Looking for information and careers advice for a young person? Visit the Suffolk County Council website.

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Page updated on March 22nd, 2024 at 02:10pm