Rise of school leaving age: what are your options?

The law states that young people must be in a form of education or training until the age of 17 from 2014, and until 18 from 2015. Many people think this means they have to stay in school until they are 18, but this is not the case.

Of course, staying in school to do A-levels is one option, but many young people are finding that vocational qualifications are more suited to their career ambitions. Apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 year-olds can provide the specific practical skills needed for a wide range of roles from social media to accounting.

So if you don’t want to stay in full-time education until your eighteenth birthday, don’t worry! There are a whole load of options out there for savvy young people who want to get a head start in the world of work.