What next?
Find out what your options are after leaving school.

We’ve brought together information on all the alternatives to help you make your decision.


Next steps after Year 11

Find out more about the options available to
young people who have just finished Year 11

Next steps after Year 12, 13 or 14

Find out options available to young people aged 16 to 19 or those who left education over a year ago

Adult learning

If you are considering upskilling, retaining or would like to talk to an adviser, The National Careers Service can help.

Useful contacts

There is lots of support available locally to help
young people consider the different options available to them.


Latest information from government

Young people in the North East will have access to additional support from government as part its ‘Plan for Jobs’ targeted at reducing the impact of COVID-19. Latest information and announcements from government can be found below.

The Kickstart Scheme is a six-month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded opportunity for young people to gain experience of working in some of Britain’s most exciting companies. Find out more here.

For young people aged 18-19, Government will fund you for an additional programme of study of high value level 2 and 3 qualifications for up to a year, from September 2020, if they cannot find employment or work-based training. Find out more here.

Over 9,000 additional places approved at UK universities for courses to deliver vital services and support the economy. Find out more here.