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Education, Employment and Training

3 young people smiling sat around a laptopYork has many services to help young people on their next steps. Whether you just want information, or you would like help with finding opportunities, making applications, CVs, interview preparation or keeping motivated, there are services to help.

Local Area Teams Learning and Work Advisers

The City of York Council's trained Learning and Work Advisers offer impartial information, advice and guidance to young people between the ages of 16 and 18 not in education, employment and training; leaving their course or work or in the care of the Local Authority. We can also support with applying for college courses, apprenticeships, voluntary opportunities and CV writing.

We are currently working remotely and the drop in at 30 Clarence Street is closed for appointments but messages will be responded to by email, phone calls or via social media.

We also work in partnership with schools, supporting young people into work and learning; giving priority to those in care and in year 11.

If you or someone you know would benefit from our service, please contact 01904 555400 (Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm), email 

Specialist Careers Advisers 

Specialist Careers Advisers can support you if you're aged 13 to 25, in education and training, and have an Educational Health Care Plan.

Specialist Careers Advisers are based at the Transitions Zone, Applefields School.

What are my options after year 11?

Planning for Your Future Post 16 image yung people and teacher wearing white science lab coats looking at paperwork.Planning Your Future Post-16 2021- 2022 is a guide aimed at young people and their parents and carers. The booklet is available in PDF format at the top of the page in 'Useful Documents'.

In summary

Current legislation sets out an aspiration that young people will continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. This means that everyone has to participate throughout Year 12 and into Year 13. It helps ensure that every young person has the opportunity to gain skills and qualifications that help them to progress to higher education, work and adult life; enabling them to succeed in the fast changing, modern world.

Summary of options after year 11

Full-time Education at school, college or with a training provider
  • AS and A Levels (Level 3)
  • An Applied General Qualification (BTECs, Diplomas) or Tech Level (Level 3)
  • T Levels (the first four of a new range of employment sector based qualifications) (Level 3)
  • Other vocational and general qualifications (Entry Level, level 1 and Level 2)
Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If you would like to earn while you learn, consider an apprenticeship. York's Apprenticeship Hub has details of many local apprenticeship opportunities. The national Apprenticeships website has information and  real life stories about becoming an apprentice.

  • Apprenticeship training (Level 2-3) combined with a job, with progression opportunities post-18
  • Traineeships (Level 2 and below), which prepare young people for an apprenticeship, employment or further education and training. They consist of substantial work experience and learning in English, mathematics and employability skills
Flexible package of working and participation
  • Participation in education and training, combined with options such as volunteering and paid work.

Who can help me discuss my next steps?


Aspire Accelerate Programme - FastTrack your way into your next Steps!

If you are 19 or older, Aspire-Igen offers employability and skills programmes, practical guidance and support towards your next steps in learning and work.

For young people aged 16 – 24 and struggling to find work Aspire-Igen are offering FREE Employability Training. This is specifically designed to get you into employment in 12 weeks.

The programme will support you in to your next steps of employment, apprenticeships and further training, through packages tailored to your individual needs.

With opportunities to explore different work sectors through virtual resources and insights in to employment. The course will support you in becoming more motivated to progress in to employment and training.

You will gain a recognised accredited qualification in Occupational Studies in the workplace.

Remote Learning available.

Support with CV's, job applications and employment opportunities and a designated keyworker to support you in your programme.

Course Information:

When Does it Start? Ongoing, apply today
How Long Will It Last? 12 Weeks
How Much Does It Cost? FREE
Bursary available to help cover costs*
For more details: call Katie Rowland on 07763547654

Aspire-Igen Action towards Inclusion

Support for lone parents is available to build on your strengths by developing your skills, abilities and helping you overcome challenges to move closer to Education, Learning and Employment.

Key workers will help you identify and access support that is most meaningful to your situation.

This may include:

  • Therapy/counselling
  • Wellbeing/personal development activities
  • Support to access English, Maths, Computer Skills
  • Employability skills, interview preparation, CV writing
  • Domestic abuse services, family arrangements
  • Housing issues
  • Benefits, PIP, Universal Credit
  • Training Options
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Debt help

Contact Liz 07975530547,, main office 01904 656655

The Opportunity Centre, 18 - 19 Colliergate, York, YO1 9BN

Future Goals

Future Goals

Future Goals can help you if you are 15-24 and are:

  • unsure on your next steps in employment or education
  • applying for work or apprenticeships and have interviews coming up
  • need help finding work or an apprenticeship job
  • wanting interview tips
  • requiring a CV
  • wanting to gain more confidence or help managing anxiety

Future Goals is currently offering remote support to young people and can help you whether you are ready to work now, or you would like support deciding your next steps in employment or education.

Contact for more information or complete the form below

What best describes your current situation?
What best describes what you are wanting (you can tick more than one)

By submitting this form you agree to allow City of York Council to use the information you provide on this form to contact you regarding the support available.

You can change your mind at any time by emailing

Please review the full privacy notice on how we use, store and destroy your information here.


Skills to Succeed Academy

The Skills to Succeed Academy offers free online employability training delivered in bite sized interactive modules.

Young Women's Trust

If you are a woman aged 18-30, you can access free Work It Out telephone coaching to help you access the future you want.

  • Build confidence and strong mental health
  • Identify your strengths and skills
  • Figure out your next steps
  • Keep motivated
  • How to be your best in interviews
  • Deal with anxiety

College and Sixth Form

The following schools and colleges may have the course to suit your interests and goals.

Job Vacancies - Finding a job

There are many ways to find out about job vacancies, here are a few ideas to start with:

Jobcentre Plus

The York Jobcentre Plus can help people of working age into paid work.

Telephone: 0345 604 3719

KickStart Job Placement Scheme

KickStart is a £2 billion scheme that provides employers with funding to create new high quality, 6-month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. 

These must be new job roles, paid at least national minimum wage for at least 25 hours per week and must not replace existing or planned vacancies.

The scheme will run until 31 December 2021, with the first KickStart placements now live!

Candidates will also be given support and training, which includes developing their skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

The process

Employers will interview applicants and select the best candidate for the role. This scheme is designed to support young people who are currently on Universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme, which will not necessarily be within that organisation.

How it works

Opportunities are now live, talk to your Jobcentre work coach to find out more or visit

Kickstart vacancies are available to view online at

Armed Forces

YH Training - Military Preparation course (MPC ) York 

Our Military Preparation Course will ensure you are ready for the recruitment, selection and Phase 1 Training process for your chosen career in the Armed Forces.

All of our Military Preparation Courses are delivered at Army Reserve Centres between Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

The course is a roll on/roll off course for young people ages 16-24 who aspire to join the Royal Navy, British Army or RAF.

The course is fully funded by the government and all kit and equipment is provided once the learner has been signed up to the provision. The duration the course is attended is specific to each individual and dependent upon their requirements to enable them to train to a standard to pass selection in their chosen area of the Armed Forces.

York Military Preparation Centre

MPC Army Reserve Centre
Fulford Road
North Yorkshire
YO10 4ESTelephone: 07501 962 962Email:

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Useful documents