Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)

Education and training for 16+ year olds

It is now the law for 16 year olds leaving school to participate in further education or training until they are 18. There are two main options for 16 year olds:

  • to study full-time in a school, college or with a training provider
  • to get into full-time employment or volunteering (more than 20 hours a week) but this must be combined with part-time study or training

Not sure & need extra careers advice about your next step?

College is not for everyone and for this reason there are many other training providers in Worcestershire that can offer education for over 16s. Take a look at the following websites to see what else Worcestershire offers.


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Worcestershire Apprenticeships

For impartial advice and guidance about apprenticeships as well as current vacancies.

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2 Counties Training

Part of Worcestershire County Council's provision and offers Programmes of Study for 16 to 18 year olds.

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Springboard is a FREE flexible programme for 16-18 year olds to gain employability skills and increase confidence.

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Using rugby’s core values to get young people back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment.

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Prince's Trust

Working hard to create brighter futures for young people aged 11 to 30, empowering them to get into jobs, education and training.

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Seek & Reach

Seek & Reach concentrates on helping young unemployed into, or getting ready for, work, training or apprenticeships.