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.
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.
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: