1. Staying on at school or transferring to another 6th form school or college To do A Levels, GCSEs, NVQs, AVCEs, etc

2. Entering Further Education As above plus National Diploma’s, HNDs, Foundation Degrees, etc

3. Joining a‘Jobskills’Training Programme (NVQs) Computers, Business, Administration, Fitness, Animal Care, Travel, etc

The Northern Ireland Careers Service provides independent and impartial advice / guidance to all young people and specialises in providing these options for young people after year 12. It is recommended that young people seek the advice of a Careers Officer if you are concerned about which option to follow or if you are worried about grades. The Careers Service can also offer support for young people who find it difficult to enter into education, employment or training. This could be due to a lack of qualifications, a disability or impairment, a learning difficulty, or if there is an issue in your personal life which may be preventing you from seeking education, employment or training, etc.
 Want to get rid of your gremlins? You can find out more about courses in reading, writing, language and maths from the Get On Campaign (Skills for Life).
Tel 0870 0002288 Web
 If you are under 16 and are not in school, there are alternatives for your education. Further advice can be obtained from the Educational Welfare and the Northern Ireland Careers Service
 You can search for many courses available in your area, covering lots of topics including languages, sciences, teaching, childcare, counselling, sign language, computers and so much more! The websites below can help you find the course that you want or just let you browse to find out what’s available to you. The Careers Service can do searches for you. You can call Learndirect on:
Freefone 0800 101901
to find out about courses and for a free information pack.

 There are many Employment and Training schemes for young people, to help you get skills needed for finding employment, e.g. computer qualifications. Knowing how to use computers and the Internet is very important. If you are unemployed, aged 16-25 and want to learn these skills, the Bytes Project is there for you and could possibly even help you to gain a qualification in information technology (IT)

There are four national minimum wage (NMW) rates. From 1 October 2012 the following rates apply:


  • £6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 years old and over


  • £4.98 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20 years old


  •   £3.68 per hour for workers above school leaving age but under 18 years old


  •   £2.65 for apprentices under the age of 19 years old or aged 19 years old or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.


Pay and Work Rights Helpline

For confidential help and advice on the NMW

call 0800 917 2368

 There are various benefits and allowances for young people who are unemployed, on training schemes or staying on in education past the age of 16. Take a look at the money section for more details on how to find out if you are eligible.
Do you ever sit at home, in school or work, with friends or even by yourself…and be completely bored out of your head? Are you sick of doing the same things, seeing the same people and going to the same old shops, parks, street corners and houses? Well all that can change!! There is life outside of your area! It could open you up to new, exciting and different things to do….It may even change your life for the better!


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