Careers and post-16 options
Young people in school
The responsibility for the provision of independent, impartial careers guidance has moved from local authorities to schools. If you are still at school your first point of contact will be your school's CEIAG advisor.
Raising the participation age
Young people are now required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This doesn’t necessarily mean staying on in school. Young people can choose how they participate post 16, which could be through:
- full-time education such as school, college, other training provider or home-education (a minimum of 540 hours per year)
- an apprenticeship
- part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
Choices after 16
Leaving school is one of the most stressful events of anyone's life and ranks amongst other life-changing events such as births, deaths and marriage. So what are the choices?
Further Education at a College or School Sixth Form
This can be either academic (A-level) or vocational (work-related) courses or a mix of both. Darlington has four colleges, Carmel Sixth Form College, Darlington College, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and Polam Hall Sixth Form.
In addition there are a number of training providers that offer Apprenticeships and study programmes, including Darlington Borough Council itself. Further details on the providers in Tees Valley can be found at Tees Valley Learning Provider Network [external link]
Apprenticeships - these are jobs with training so you can earn as you learn and gain qualifications. Further details can be found at the Apprenticeships website [external link] or on the Learning & Skills apprenticeships webpage.
Study programmes - this is a programme of qualifications which aims to support young people to advance into further learning or employment with training.
Advice and guidance
Further advice and guidance is available from your school, or you can contact: The National Careers Service [external link] or by phone on 0800 100 900.