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"Connexions have supported me throughout Year 11 and I am really thankful for all the support, time and effort they have put in. I wouldn't have got through it without the guidance I was given."

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Your learning options at 16+

  • A levels
  • Apprenticeship
  • Vocational course
  • Lifeskills course
  • Traineeship
  • Job with part-time learning
  • Volunteering and part-time learning
  • Study programme
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Do I have to stay on at school?

No. You can move on to:

  • School sixth form
  • Sixth form college
  • FE College
  • A job-related course with a training provider
  • An apprenticeship
  • A job, self-employment or voluntary work alongside part-time learning


Why continue with education or training?

Staying in education or training gives you the best chance to get the skills and qualifications that employers and universities are looking for.

Evidence shows that improving your qualifications increases how much you will earn over your lifetime.

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What is 'raising the partipation age' or RPA?

The government has increased the age that everyone should participate in some type of learning.

All young people should now continue with some form of education or training until they reach the age of 18. This could be part-time alongside a job or voluntary work.

Find out about the school leaving date on the link below.

Where can I get help to decide what to do?

At school:

Your school should provide independent and impartial careers guidance for every student in Years 8-11.

This should include information about the full range of post 16 education and training options, including apprenticeships.

Ask your teachers what careers guidance is available in your school. You can get help with:

  • Looking at all the opportunities available
  • Working out the best option for you
  • Using the PS16 (Positive Steps @16) online application system to apply for post 16 opportunities.

From Connexions:

If you live in Leicester city, you've left school and you're not currently in education, training or employment, Connexions can help you to:

  • Find out all the options open to you
  • Decide on the best route for you
  • Create a CV and apply for courses, jobs and apprenticeships.

Get an appointment with us using the form below.

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"Connexions supported me in expanding my CV, supporting me to approach potential work opportunities in an experienced way"

Other sources of help

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Leicester Employment Hub

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Positive Steps @16

Courses and apprenticeship opportunities in Leicestershire and beyond.

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Information about apprenticeships and search for vacancies.

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National Careers Service

Careers information from the National Careers Service.

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Free website to help you discover your future career potential.

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Real stories to inspire your career. Get a first-hand view of jobs and ideas for your future, plus take the Buzz Quiz to find out which animal you are.

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"Connexions have helped me with my options after Year 11 and my future plans. I appreciated the help"

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