Your choices at 16

Why carry on learning post 16

Well, with more qualifications you will have more choice about what job you want to do, so you’re more likely to find a job you enjoy rather than get stuck in a rut doing unskilled work. Also, research shows that better qualifications can give you a chance to earn more money - and make you happier!

Everyone has to be in education or training until 18

Everyone has to be in some form of recognised education and training until at least their 18th birthday.

No-one will be forced to stay at school – there are a range of choices:

  • Full-time education, such as school or college.
  • Apprenticeship.
  • Part-time education or training for one day a week if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

Gaining good qualifications will help you

  • Move on to your next stage of learning.
  • Broaden your career choices.
  • Get a better-paid and more interesting job in the long term.
  • Be more in control of your life.
  • Become interested in learning new things throughout your life.

Qualifications can affect future pay

Often the more you learn the more you earn! That's not always true but the graph below does shows that, in 2015, 21-30 year-old graduates (people with a degree) earned £6,000 more than non-graduates, on average.

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