The DfE (Department for Education) want to increase the quality of education for young people so that they are well prepared for further education, higher education and work. They want to make sure that there are high quality options for young people to undertake both academic and vocational education, including apprenticeships and traineeships.
More broadly, they want to ensure all young people have the tools and opportunities they need to fulfil their potential, regardless of background or life circumstances. They believe that all young people should have access to local and national opportunities to develop skills for life and work and to create a more responsible, engaged and cohesive society. They also want to encourage young people to have their say on issues which matter to them; and decision-makers at local and national levels to listen to them.
Together, this will help to ensure that:
- more young people go on to study and gain the skills and qualifications that lead to sustainable jobs
- fewer young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
- more young people are involved in social action and feel they can make positive changes in society and in their own lives
Raising the participation age
The age of when all young people in England are required to continue in education or training has been increased and has been introduced in two stages:
- students who left year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014
- students who left year 11 in summer 2014 or later have to continue until at least their 18th birthday
This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:
- full-time education (eg at a school or college)
- an apprenticeship or traineeship
- part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
- employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
- volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
When making the decision you need to consider the following:
- What career you want to do in the future – some jobs need you to choose certain routes to get into them
- Your predicted grades
- How you want to learn – you might enjoy school, and might like to continue; you might prefer more hands-on ways of doing things, so you might want to think about an apprenticeship.
Ahead of leaving The Aspire Academy you will need to decide what you want to do next, this could be to study A levels, or gain a BTEC, or to obtain extra GCSE’s.
For someone leaving school in the Summer, having an idea of what you want to do is important, that is why the local Colleges and Training Providers hold open evenings to give you a bit more information about what you want to do.
You can also use career quizzes to help you find a career that suits you.
By doing these tests, you will be able to see what qualifcations are required for the jobs suggested.
Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary.
What are Apprenticeships? guidebook.
Apprenticeships can be applied for online through websites listed below:
There are three levels of Apprenticeships available for those aged 16 and over.
1 – Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
- Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
2 – Advanced Level Apprenticeships
- Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledgebased qualification.
3 – Higher Apprenticeships
- Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
Who can I go to for additional support?
Within the Academy, Mr Rainbird-Hitchins will be available to meet with all year 11 students who will be leaving the academy in that academic year to ensure that an appropriate post-16 destination is in place, prior to leaving the academy. We are also working in partnership with colleagues from the Heart of Worcestershire College to develop a transition programme for our students, from year 9, to include regular meetings with college staff in school and visits/taster sessions at college, and leading to practice interviews, preparation interviews, application support right through the whole of KS4 and beyond into the start of year 12.