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Education, Employment and Training

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 in 'Useful Documents'.

Current legislation sets out that young people will continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday (throughout years 12 and 13). Staying in education or training 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.

York has many services to help young people with 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. Read on for more information.


Specialist Learning and Employment Adviser Team (13 - 25 year olds in care or have an EHCP)

The City of York Council's Specialist Learning and Employment Adviser Team (SLEAT) supports young people aged 13-25 years old who are in the care of the local authority or have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

The team's focus is to help young people to take their next step towards employment, by providing advice and guidance on how to access appropriate education, training or employment opportunities.

For more information visit: the Specialist Learning and Employment Adviser page on York's Local Offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

What are my 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?

For school aged young people, your school will provide you with Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and careers information. Below are other services who will help you explore and discuss your next steps. 

Reach Your Potential

The REACH programme is for young people aged 16 -24 and not currently in education, employment or training.
Specialist support from dedicated Employment Opportunity Advisers. Information about local employers, jobs, work experience, work placements, education and training. One to one support, tailored action plans, employability skills, interview skills and CV writing.

01133 225 114

Aspire Accelerate Programme - Fast Track your way into your next Steps!

Aspire Igen's Accelerate programme is for young people aged 15-24 who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET) or at Risk of becoming NEET.

 Options of remote and face to face learning with a dedicated key worker who will support you through a recognised accredited qualification to support and guide you to your desired positive progression choice.

The programme includes:

  • A qualification which can be added to your CV.
  • A dedicated key worker to support you through remote or face to face learning to overcome your barriers
  • Possibility of work experience in a desired sector.
  • Employability Skills to help you towards your next steps
  • Bursaries and Tech support available on individual need basis

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


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 has been extended until March 2022.

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:

16 - 19 Bursary Fund

You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 and:

  • studying at a publicly funded school or college in England - not a university
  • on a training course, including unpaid work experience

A publicly funded school is one that does not charge you for attending it.

Find out more about the 16 - 19 Bursary Fund.

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