The Education and Skills Act 2008 states that young people must participate in education or training until they are aged 18. This could take many different forms, such as education, apprenticeships or work with training. This page should signpost you to information on the various avenues of work and education that you could consider as school leavers, as well as work experience and other opportunities to boost your CV.
CAP: Cambridge Area Partnership 14-19
CAP is a partnership of all the state-funded providers of education and training for 14-19 year olds in Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire. Visit the Cambridge Area Partnership website for lots of information regarding further education, apprenticeships, work experience, careers, transport and more.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Visit our apprenticeships information pages to find out more, including how to apply.
To find a local apprenticeship, or one that suits your requirements, visit the GOV.UK Apprentice Finder.
UCAS have also produced a guide to apprenticeships.
Work experience is a great way to trial out different industries while building up your CV.
If you are interested in undertaking work experience at the Council, view our information about work experience placements.
It is often worth reaching out to a business or industry that you are interested in working in, as work experience opportunities are not always promoted, but will be created where there is a demand.
Volunteering is another great way to gain work experience skills and boost your CV., while often allowing you to support a community or project.
Voluntary & Community Action East Cambs (VCAEC) are an independent charity in East Cambs who match volunteers with organisations who need their skills. Visit the VCAEC website for information on what opportunities are available for under 25-year olds.
Local Timebanks are another great way to volunteer to support your community. For information on your local timebank, see the links below:
Other ways to volunteer:
- Vinspired - leaders in youth volunteer opportunities, search for opportunities in your area.
- Do-It runs a database of volunteering opportunities.
- NCS is a summer programme of activities, events and volunteering to provide you with the skills you need to set you up for the future.
For further information on volunteering and how to access opportunities, visit the GOV.UK website volunteering information.
There are a range of post-16 qualifications you can work towards, which can be tailored to your own skills and interests. These can be to train you with specific skills for a certain career path, or so that you can develop your interest in broader academic subjects.
- For information on what qualifications are available, what each of these entails and to complete quizzes to find out what might suit you best, visit UCAS Post-16 Qualifications.
- Cambridgeshire County Council provide information on the various further education and sixth form colleges across Cambridgeshire.
Finding a job, either alongside your studies, or once you leave education, requires a range of skills you may not be familiar with as a school leaver.
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have a career explorer to help you learn more about making career decisions.
- For general job interview advice, visit the Prince's Trust job interview guide. The Prince's Trust has also produced a guide to getting and staying hired for more general advice on work, job searching and applications.
- For information on how to apply for local jobs, visit the Cambridgeshire County Council employment and training webpages.
- To find youth-friendly employers near you, visit Youth Employment UK.
Looking for a job, attending further education or supporting yourself on a wage for the first time can come with new financial responsibilities that you have not previously encountered.
The Government has set aside some money to set up a bursary for 16-19 year olds who may need financial support to stay in further education or training. Find out more about the 16-19 bursary fund on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.
UCAS have also created a general guide to 16-19 financial support.