The age of participation in learning is being raised to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015, meaning that young people will be expected to stay in education or employment with training beyond Year 11.
There are a number of different pathways available to them.
Students can choose to study for academic or vocational qualifications at a local college or sixth form. Colleges and sixth forms vary with the courses that they offer so it is really important for students to attend taster days and open evenings to get a good idea of all the choices available to them.
Whilst some focus on an academic pathway offering a wide range of A’Levels or the International Baccalaureate, others offer vocational courses which tend to focus on one area of employment.
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For students who are keen to get out into the world of work apprenticeships can offer an excellent alternative to college.
‘Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain areal qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience’ (Apprenticeships website)
It is probably worth knowing that when a young person is taken on as an apprentice they are classed as employed and as so, parents may lose their entitlement to Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits payable for that child. The minimum wage for an apprenticeship is currently £2.50 an hour. The pay can vary greatly and depends on both the employer and type of apprenticeship so make sure you know the full details of any apprenticeship you might apply for and how it might impact on your family.
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DV8 Sussex - Taster Sessions & Information
We offer a broad range of Study Programmes at our Bexhill campus to young people aged 16-18 from levels 1-3 including Introduction to Music, Media & Digital (Level 1), Media Intermediate, Music Intermediate & Advanced, Live Events Intermediate and Paid Internship Programme - please visit our website www.dv8sussex.com
We are giving you the chance to visit our Bexhill campus to get a flavour of what we do and how we do it.
You’ll be able to:
Have a tour of the centre and check out our facilities and equipment
Meet our wonderful and exciting industry professional tutors who run our courses
Ask any questions you might have about Dv8 and the course you are interested in
Everyone between the ages of 15 – 18 are invited to come along -parents, carers, family and friends are all very welcome too.
It’s not compulsory, but it would help us out if you could send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your attendance.
We look forward to seeing you all then!