Apprenticeships for 16 Year-Olds – Leaving School at 16

Posted by: Jannike Post Date: 3rd October 2014

We often hear from young people who are concerned they will be breaking new laws if they leave full-time education at 16.

We would like to assure anyone thinking about vocational training that they can begin an apprenticeship when aged 16 at the end of a school year.

We would like to assure anyone thinking about vocational training that they can begin an apprenticeship when aged 16 at the end of a school year.

The law states that you must be in a form of education or training until the age of 18. This is not the same as raising the school leaving age to 18, though, as it includes:

  • Full-time education at college, sixth form or similar
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Part-time education or training alongside 20 or more hours of employment each week

Find out more about when you can leave education at gov.uk, and find out more about apprenticeships and full time education here.

Many young people find that a vocational qualification matches their career ambitions better than staying at school or going to college. Apprenticeships for 16 year-olds can give you the specific practical skills needed for a wide range of roles that A levels can’t prepare you for, such as in hairdressing, retail, and customer service.

If you have any concerns about education and apprenticeships for 16 year-olds, don’t hesitate to get in touch

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