If you are in year 11 you can consider leaving school and getting a job, the world of work may be calling you but there is alot of preparation you need to do before you get to that point. Our Latest “Getting a job” booklet is a good place to start and can be accessed HERE

Working at 16

At 16 years of age you can legally start work either full time or part time. Part time work fits in around whatever else it is you are doing whether that be studying, volunteering or caring for a relative.

If you are considering working full time you will need to have a clear idea of what it is you want to do but also what you are able to do…It would be a waste of time if you applied to be a window cleaner and you hated heights!

Although you need to know what it is you would like to do you still have to be flexible in order to give yourself the best chance of getting employment. Although the first job you get may not be your “dream job” use it as a chance to gain experience and develop you skills.Take up any training opportunities that you are offered and show willingness to learn new skills.

Preparing yourself will give you the best possible chance of getting a job and Connexions can support you in this preparation. We will provide access to online resource and offer practical, impartial and up to date information advice and guidance to help you find the right opportunity for you.

Please also bear in mind that until you reach the age of 18 you are classed as a young worker who cannot usually be made to work more that eight hours per day or 40 hours per week.

If you need to work longer than 40 hours a week, or you think your employer is unfairly asking you to work over this limit, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau on 08444 111 444 or the Pay and Work Rights helpline on 0800 917 2368

Please see our Looking for work section for more information on getting a job.