Manchester City Council

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.


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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