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Working once you leave school

If you are thinking about getting a full time job once you leave school, there are several things you have to consider.

The law says that young people must stay in Education or Training up until the age of 18.  This means that if you decide to work full time (more than 20 hours a week) you will have to combine your job with some sort of training. 

A good way to do this is to consider doing an apprenticeship, which enables you to earn while you learn. 

Hampshire County Council provides information on its own apprenticeship scheme online.   You can also read about the experiences of Council apprentices in their own words on the weekly blog.  

More information on how apprenticeships work can also be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website, where you can search for apprenticeship vacancies as well.

If you’re not sure you’re ready for an apprenticeship, and want some experience to boost your confidence and your CV, Traineeships are also an option.

Hampshire County Council runs its own traineeship scheme.  You can also find out more about traineeships in general on the National Traineeships website.

You can find more about the support Hampshire County Council offers to help you make your next steps at

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