Preparing for adulthood for 16-19 years
Preparing for adulthood can be an exciting time of new opportunities, choices and increased independence but it can also be a difficult and uncertain time for some. Our preparing for adulthood pages aim to give you information on the choices available.
How can I access careers advice?
Schools and post 16 education providers should support young people to develop high aspirations about employment, independent living and community participation, preparing them for their next stage of education/training and into adult life.
Maintained schools, academies, pupil referral units, further education colleges and providers are required to provide impartial careers guidance to all students from year 8 up to, and including, the age of 18, and for 19-25 year olds with Education, Health and Care Plans.
Where pupils have Education, Health and Care Plans, their annual reviews must, from year 9 at the latest, include a focus on adulthood, including employment.
For more information see our careers, advocacy, support and resources directory.
What are my education and training choices after Year 11?
All young people must be in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. You have the choice of:
- full-time education in a study programme for young people over 16 (including a supported intership). See our education and training directory for more information on options available to you and how to access them.
- volunteering or a paid job, with part-time study. See our employment directory for more information.
- a traineeship or an apprenticeship. See our directories for more information on traineeships, enhancing apprenticeships and apprenticeships.
Can you tell more more about transitioning to health or social care services?
We have asked providers to include this information within their individual listing. If this information is not clear, please let us know and we will contact them for you.
More information on transition planning and support.