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This section is full of information about your choices in education and learning, ranging from how qualifications have changed, further and higher education, local provision, apprenticeships and other avenues you may be considering.

Your Choices at 18

There are lots of choices for what you do after you turn 18, and you need to pick the one that will help you get the future you want. Click on the tabs below to view some of the options.

If you have a career sector or path in mind and want to start earning money as you learn, an apprenticeship could be for you. You’ll do a real job for a real employer; training on the job and working towards an industry-standard qualification.

An apprenticeship combines hands-on work with the opportunity to train and obtain qualifications.  Apprenticeships, which must last for a minimum of 12 months are open to anyone aged 16 and over who is not in full-time education, there is no upper aged limit!

As an apprentice you’ll be employed and will study for a qualification with the full support and commitment of your employer, at least 20% of your working hours are set aside for learning, often at a college, university or training provider, however there are lots of ways to undertake learning depending on your organisation and job role.

Visit our apprenticeship page for more information workwiltshire.co.uk/apprenticeships/

Additional information on Apprenticeships can be found on the UCAS website and the Amazing Apprenticeships websites

People are encouraged to find and apply for apprentices using the Find and Apprenticeship Service

Colleges offer a wide variety of courses including apprenticeships.

You need to find a college that offers the courses or subjects you are interested in studying, or the best route to the career you are interested in.  If you have specialist educational needs or other support needs, you will need to talk to your chosen provider to ensure they can support your needs.

In Swindon 2 Colleges have merged and are now;

Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology is launching in September 2021

The IoT will be a high quality employer-led training facility delivering high level technical and digital skills training for young people and to those already in employment. The IoT will specialise in delivering higher technical education providing students with a clear route to technical employment, and employers with a skilled workforce.

Local programmes for young people

There are lots of free courses and opportunities on offer with organisations across the county that will support you into education, employment and training. These range from courses like Get Ahead which helps you to progress to education, employment an apprenticeship or traineeship with incentives to providers offering mentoring support.

A directory of this provision is located below.

List of local programmes for young people

UCAS

UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to Higher Education. UCAS services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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