Dorset County Council release new advice guide for school leavers

With a variety of paths available to 16-19 year olds, it can sometimes be difficult choosing the right course for your chosen career.  That’s why Dorset County Council has recently released their new guide to address the facts about school leaving age, as well as the different routes to further education.


The guide, which can be found on the Dorset County Council website, will be useful for not only the school leavers themselves, but also teachers and parents who are the ones who many teenagers may turn to for advice.  While it is compulsory for all young people to stay in education until they are 18, this doesn’t mean they have to stay in school or college.  Undertaking employment while also working towards a qualification is becoming an increasingly popular way to gain qualifications, particularly through an apprenticeship.


Apprenticeships are a key focus of the guide as an excellent way to start a career in your chosen field.  Not only will you work towards a qualification as you would at college or university, but you will also be learning the job through first-hand experience, gaining an understanding of the business world, while earning a wage.  You will have support all through your apprenticeship from your training provider, helping you get the qualifications you need to succeed.  Depending on the course you undertake, apprenticeships will take between one and four years.  All apprentices who are under the age of 19, or in their first year of the apprenticeship will be paid at least £3.30 per hour.


Traineeships are also part of the guide; these courses are for 16-24 year olds who need some extra help to take that first step into an apprenticeship or a job.  The courses last between 6 weeks to 6 months, and focus on elements such as interview skills, CV writing, and English and Maths support.


The useful guide also gives more details on the role of training providers in matching suitable candidates with the right course, whether that’s an apprenticeship, traineeship, vocational course, English and Maths skills or employability skills.  Aspire Training Team is a training provider that works to place young people in apprenticeships across childcare, business administration or health & social care roles.  To find out more about becoming an apprentice you can contact the Aspire Training Team on 01202 551553 or email




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