If you decide to leave full-time education at the end of year 11, you will need to look for an apprenticeship or job that offers training and the chance to gain more qualifications.
Apprenticeships guarantee a high standard of training in a variety of job sectors and will help you gain qualifications and skills while you learn.
They are open to anyone aged over 16 living in England and not in full-time education. Competition for places can be fierce, so you’ll need to show commitment to your employer and to your future. Apprentices earn a minimum of £2.68 (from the 1 October) per hour with many receiving a lot more.
Apprenticeships in Essex
There is a range of apprenticeship opportunities in Essex, especially in engineering, social care, creative and digital media, and energy.
Apprenticeships with Essex County Council
Essex County Council offers apprenticeship opportunities with placements in the council. For more information, visit our apprenticeship page.
Jobs with training
If you'd prefer to work, you’ll have to do further training while in your job. To find out more speak with your school/college careers adviser or visit the national careers service.