School Leaver Choices

Not sure what to do next?

If you have left or are about to leave school it is time to give some thought to your next step.

There are a number of routes open to you at the end of Year 11:

  • An Apprenticeship or other job with training
  • Going to college
  • Staying on at school
  • Sign up for a Traineeship

You should think about your long term career plans and which option will help you to achieve them, as well as  your skills, what you are interested in and how you like to learn.


An Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to start working and earning at the same time as gaining the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

You can train as an Apprentice in a wide range of job roles. Most apprenticeships don’t have formal entry requirements but employers may ask for specific grades, particularly in maths and English.

Benefits include:

  • Receiving relevant training and learning job specific skills
  • Hands on learning in a real workplace
  • Opportunities to progress to a higher level Apprenticeship, up the career ladder or to university
  • You’ll earn a wage and no tuition fees to pay
  • Over 90% of Apprentices stay in employment and a third are promoted

You can find out more about the choices available by going to our course search facility or by contacting one of our advisers.

Click here to view our current apprenticeship vacancies.

  • Over three quarters of young people and parents think that apprenticeships offer good career prospects
  • Almost half of young people think apprenticeships and university degrees have the same value
  • 45 per cent of parents think a university degree delivers less value than it used to
  • Two thirds of young people think that you do not need to go to university to get a well-paid job
  • Half of the respondents who are currently at university do not believe their degree guarantees them a well-paid job.

Statistics from research report by Grant Thornton UK LLP


A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience. It will include training to prepare you for the workplace, the opportunity to improve your English and maths if needed and a high quality work experience placement. Traineeships last anything from six weeks to six months and the content is tailored to your needs and those of the business you are working with.

You could be suitable for a Traineeship if you:

  • Are unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week) and have little work experience
  • Are motivated to work
  • Are aged 16 – 23

Click here to view our current traineeship opportunities.

You can also contact your local Careers Centre for information on local opportunities and for help with the skills involved in looking for a job. You can find out more by visiting:

Wolverhampton Connexions

Dudley Connexions

You can also find more information about different routes to a wide range of careers on the National Careers Service website.

Find out more about apprenticeships

Our Apprenticeships

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