Raising the School Leaving Age

All young people are now required to continue in learning or training until the age of 18 – that is, until your 18th birthday if you were born on or after 1 September 1997.

Raising the participation age does not mean young people must stay in school; they can choose one of the following options:

  • full-time education – eg at a school or college
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training – as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

This will enhance  opportunities for personal and career development — improving skills and qualifications between the ages of 16 and 18 will increase employability and earnings.

Remember – this doesn’t mean you have to stay at school!

What are my options at CRC?

We offer a very wide range of full-time vocational and occupational education and training programmes which lead directly into employment or on to Higher Education. We also offer a wide range of Apprenticeships, which combine further study with employment – and a wage. Most apprentices attend college one day a week, with the rest of the week spent in the workplace. We also offer Traineeships and the Prince’s Trust programme.

We strongly recommend these options as the most advantageous routes for the majority of school leavers. Both lead to high levels of qualification – described as full Level 2 and Level 3 programmes – and provide a sound basis for further career development.

Our part-time courses can be combined with 20 hours or more of employment or volunteering. The full range of our part-time provision is detailed in our Part-time Prospectus.