Career options | Your education and work life | Oldham Council

2. Career options

You can leave school on the last Friday in June as long as you are 16 years old.

If you are aged 16 or 17, the Government advise that you must stay in some form of education or training until your 18th birthday (if you were born on or after 1 September 1997).

Your options are:

  • Full-time education – e.g. school or college
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education or training. If you are a worker aged between 16 and 17 you may be entitled to some time off work to gain further qualifications. 


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