The government requires all young people to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. This is to ensure that every young person is able to achieve the skills and knowledge they need in order to move on to a successful career.
You can choose from full-time education at a school or college, an apprenticeship or traineeship, full time work or volunteering (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week) combined with part-time education or training
Connexions can provide you with:
- information about education courses, training courses and job opportunities (Including apprenticeships)
- advice about which opportunities might be most suitable for you
- guidance to help you think through your options and decide on your next steps
- support with applications and interview preparation.
To find out how Connexions can help you contact:
- 020 8583 5151
- drop them an email
- visit them at their drop-in's
- Mondays from 2-5pm, Hounslow Library, Hounslow House, 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB
- Wednesday and Thursdays from 2-5pm, Feltham Library, The Centre, High Street, Feltham TW13 4GU
You must be in part-time education or training until you are 18. You can only start full-time work once you have reached the minimum school leaving age.
The youngest age you can work part-time is 13 unless you are working with a special licence or permit. The general rule is that a young person under school leaving age can get a part-time job however, you can only be employed in what is considered ‘light work’. This means you cannot do any job that may affect your health and safety or interfere with your education. There are rules that regulate what times of the day you can work and for how long and these will depend on your age.
Help is based on each individual students financial situation, mental and physical well-being, course load and area of study. Full-time students can receive student finance from the government. This student finance can come in the form of loans, which must be repaid after graduation, or grants, which do not require repayment. Find out more about student finance...
Help paying for childcare while you study
If you're at school, college or university and you have a baby, you could get financial help to cover some or all of your childcare costs. Find out more about help with childcare costs...
The Hounslow Local Offer provides lots of further education options which can develop the skills of young people with special educational needs and disabilities including
- continuing education after 16
- getting into work
- finding somewhere to live independently