Jobs & Training

Jobs & Training


Welcome to the B-Town Youth Guide to getting into Employment, Education or Training. If you know what you’re looking for you can jump straight to the section you need below. If not you can check out all your options in the guide at the bottom of the page. If you have left school and are unsure of what to do next you may also be able to get help from a Youth Adviser. Have a look at our semi humorous little film to find out what happens when you first meet up.






6th Form & College

Jobs & Employment

Traineeships & Apprenticeships



  • Introduction


    GFI will help you find out about the many learning and employment opportunities available in Bournemouth for 16-19 year olds and for 19 to 25 SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) young people. You may have heard that the school leaving age has gone up, this isn’t quite true; you are expected to stay in education or some recognised form of education or training until you are 18, but it doesn’t have to be at school.

    • QCF Guide
    • Most training fits onto something called the National Qualifications Framework. This describes the level of qualification. All of these levels are available in Bournemouth and surrounding area’s. Levels 1-3 will usually be appropriate to 16-18 year olds. Level 4 and higher is usually for over 18 year olds.

      You can work you way through the tabs at the top to find out about the different options available and how to access them.

      IF YOU HAVE LEFT SCHOOL & ARE UNSURE WHAT TO DO NEXT, GIVE US A CALL AND WE CAN HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT NEXT STEP. CALL US NOW ON 01202 451100
  • Colleges


    6th Form Colleges offer a wide range of different courses. From courses that do not need any specific GCSE grades, through to apprenticeships, degrees, and professional qualifications. Although most full time college courses are attended by 16 – 19 year olds you will find plenty of adults studying in a college on a range of short, part-time, professional or higher education courses.
    Some colleges specialise while others offer a wider curriculum. Colleges offer a wide range of courses including:

    • • GCSE or A levels
    • • Vocational courses
    • • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
    • • Courses that prepare people for Higher Education, such as Access Courses or the Art Foundation Course.
    • • Vocational Higher Education courses, such as Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) Certificates (HNCs) and Degrees.
    • • Foundation courses to develop maths, English, study skills, confidence and employability. These courses can give students the chance to try out several different vocational areas.

    Schools


    School 6th Forms cater for most students and offer a wide range of courses. Most offer A levels and some will offer Level 2 and vocational options.

    Schools and Academies offer a wide range of courses including:

    • • Most offer A levels
    • • Some will offer AS levels
    • • Some will offer GCSEs
    • • Most will offer English and maths GCSEs
    • • Some will offer Vocational Courses
  • Apprenticeships


    An apprenticeship is a great way to build your career. You learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time. You will be employed, spending most of your time in the workplace gaining job-specific skills, but you will also be supported by a training provider or FE college to build up your knowledge and qualifications. Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete and the length of your apprenticeship will depend on its level, the industry you’re training in and the skills you already have. All apprentices under the age of 19, or in their first year of an Apprenticeship will be paid at least £3.30 per hour or £122 a week. Many apprentices earn significantly more.

    You must be 16 or over to start an apprenticeship and there are three levels you can study at:

    • • Apprenticeship (Level 2)
    • • Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3)
    • • Higher apprenticeship (Level 4 and above)

    Traineeships


    Traineeships are for 16-24 year olds who want to work but who need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job. You won’t be paid, but you will develop the skills and experience needed to get an apprenticeship or job. They are short-term courses that last between 6 weeks and 6 months.

    Traineeships have three core elements:

    • 1. High-quality work placement to develop work-place skills and prove yourself to an employer
    • 2. A focussed period of work preparation training focussing on CV writing, interview prep and job search skills.
    • 3. English and Maths (if you haven’t already got a GCSE grade A*-C in these subjects)
  • Higher Education


    There are lots of different types of higher education level courses available. Higher education means any sort of nationally recognised qualification which is at Level 4 or above. A degree starts at Level 4 and progresses to Level 6, in the third year. Higher education qualifications include:

    • • Higher Level Apprenticeships (Level 4)
    • • Degrees
    • • HNDs
    • • HNCs

    Although in the past higher education courses were just delivered at universities, they are now also offered by further education colleges and also by some training providers in the Bournemouth area. So, if you have Level 3 qualifications like A Levels, Advanced Apprenticeship, or a BTEC National, then you could explore higher level study at 18/19. If you haven’t, but would be interested in higher level study later, there are lots of ways in, through access courses and through study alongside work. Talk to a FE College or Training Provider for more information.

    Most young people are 18 or over when they start Higher Education.
  • SEND (19-25)



    If you are 16-25 and have a statement, a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) there are lots of options to prepare you for adulthood. The aim is for young people to move into work.

    For a full range of options visit http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/ChildrenEducation/LocalOffer/LocalOffer

    All previous options are available including Supported Internships, they are a new type of programme specifically aimed at a young person aged 16 to 25 who has a statement of special educational needs, a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or an Education, Health and Care Plan, who wants to move into employment and needs extra support to do so. The Internship normally lasts for one year and includes an unpaid work placement of at least six months. Placements may be with one employer or several according to the young person’s need.
  • What next?


    Financial Support
    If you’re about to start any education beyond 16 and think you might struggle with the associated cost of full-time further education (e.g. books or equipment) or training, there are lots of different bursaries to which you can apply to get financial support. Speak to your school, college or training provider about your circumstances. You will need to apply and each provider will have their own applications and eligibility criteria.

    IF YOU HAVE LEFT SCHOOL & ARE UNSURE WHAT TO DO NEXT, GIVE US A CALL AND WE CAN HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT NEXT STEP. CALL US NOW ON 01202 451100



    You can see more information and advice for 6th Form, Apprenticeships and Traineeships or Jobs by clicking on the buttons above.