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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East Sussex College Group - Hastings
East Sussex College Group - Eastbourne & Lewes
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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Interested in becoming self-employed? Are you aged between 16 to 25 years?
This January 2020, this Sussex-based charity is launching a new training programme across East Sussex to support young people with a life changing opportunity to start their own business or develop the skills and experience they need to move into employment.
The scheme is funded through the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund, Sussex Community Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund. The programme will run in Hastings, Eastbourne and Newhaven and consists of four one-day courses together with one to one sessions with a mentor.
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