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Leaving school – the next steps

The law states that young people have to stay in education or employment with training until at least their 18th birthday. This means either studying at college or joining an Apprenticeship programme.

Local college web sites:

Useful websites:

Start Careers is an interactive programme that simplifies and improves careers guidance. Start provides you with all the information you need in one place, you can set up a personalised profile to help you make better education and careers choices.

UCAS can help you find out about your options and start planning your next steps, excellent information on degree courses.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub is part of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, supports Lancashire businesses to inspire young people, recruit local people, upskill their staff and influence Lancashire’s skills and employment priorities.

Please click here for the contact details for all the colleges & apprenticeship providers.

Other useful websites:

The skills employers are looking for

Standing out from the crowd and impressing employers is crucial. Key skills are vital when so many people are out there looking for jobs. Easy ways to make yourself stand out include doing voluntary work, weekend or holiday jobs, work experience. The key skills that employers look for are:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Computer skills
  • Organisation
  • Leadership
  • Hard work & dedication
  • Reliability


For more tips on employability, please visit this website:

For help on work experience please visit this website:

Are you 15 to 17 years-old? NCS is a 3-4 week experience that helps build your confidence and self-belief so that you can take on anything in life. Live away from home, develop skills and meet amazing people.

Volunteering is a fantastic way to make your mark on a cause that you care about and learn new things along the way. There really is a volunteering opportunity for everyone; whether sport or music is your thing, if you want to travel far and wide or help out closer to home, there will be an opportunity that’s just right for you.

The Lancashire Volunteer Partnership consists of a range of public service organisations. Partners have come together to improve, promote and widen volunteering across the public sector. Partners include the County Council, the Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue, borough councils and other organisations.

Support for starting a business

Have you considered working for yourself or setting up your own business? The Shell LiveWIRE programme supports innovative young entrepreneurs in the UK with ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population.

The Prince’s Trust works with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, they are with you every step of the way.