Manchester City Council

Councillor Sheila Newman

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services and current Lady Mayoress of Manchester, who passed away on 18 February.

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Schools, education & childcare Training and education for 16 to 18-year-olds

Finding the right fit

By law you have to do some kind of training or education right up to your 18th birthday – even if you work. This doesn't mean you have to stay on at school. And it doesn't stop you getting a job at 16 or 17.

But it gives you the chance to keep learning – in a way that suits you.

Why?

Evidence suggests that you will earn more over your whole lifetime if you train or study from 16 to 18.

It also gives you a better chance of getting a good job and having a successful career in future.

Your choices

You have several choices. You can learn in a classroom if that suits you, or do practical, job-related learning if you’re more hands-on. Your main choices are:

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