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Raising participation age

  • Schools and education

Training and education for young people

Young people are now expected to continue in education or training until they are 18.

This is your opportunity to get better skills and qualifications, and therefore a better job, and a higher income

By staying in learning for longer you are more likely to get the skills and qualifications you need to open doors to future employment, to make the most of your potential, and to earn more in total over your lifetime.

These days free education and training is only available to most people until the age of 19. After that young people attending college may have to pay fees for training – so it is important that everyone takes up their entitlement to free education and training.

Post-16 Options for education and training

The options include:

  •  full-time education, such as school or college
  •  work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship
  •  part-time education or training if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Information, advice and guidance

You will receive careers advice and guidance from many people to help you think through your ideas and weigh up the pros and cons of different options. These include parents, careers advisors, careers co-ordinators at school and subject teachers.

They can give you advice as to the qualifications that are best for you, where you can find the course you want, and help with your application. In Barnet you can also get help from our professional advisors who know all about local options.

Further information and careers advice can be found at the following:



  • Ciaran MacAlister
  • North London Business Park (NLBP)
    Oakleigh Road South
    N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 6215
  • Email: ciaran.macalister@barnet.gov.uk

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