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Options at Year 11

What are my options?

Whatever you choose after Year 11, make sure it involves some kind of learning or training. If you do, you are more likely to find a job and stay in work, and earn more money in the future. Which qualifications you take will depend on the type of work you want to do and what employers, universities and colleges want.

Once you have left Year 11 you are guaranteed an offer of a place in learning. This could be in a college or sixth form, an apprenticeship or work based learning provider. This offer should be appropriate to the type of learning or work you are interested in, and at a level appropriate to your needs. Further information will be available from your school and your Connexions Personal Adviser. To register for work and training, you need to take your National Insurance number to Connexions and register with them.

Which is best for you?

Everyone is different so look at all the options before you choose and think about how you learn best. You may learn better by reading and studying, hands on experience or a combination of both. Connexions Personal Advisers can help you to think about what you want and guide you in the right direction. They can also help you to tackle any barriers that may be preventing you from doing what you want to do. You can also speak to parents/carers, family, friends, teachers, and youth workers.

Things to Consider

  • Dont just opt for employment and training because you are fed up with school, make sure its a positive choice and will fit in with your career plans
  • Getting the job or training place you want may not be easy, especially if the type of work you would like is very popular
  • Virtually all jobs and training places are open to both boys and girls
  • So, if you want to do something a bit different, or if its not what people expect of you, dont be put off