Next Steps

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Next Steps

Are you looking for some help in figuring out what to do next?

This section is full of information on how to get support in making your next steps in your education or career pathway.

Why do I need to make a decision?

All young people should have a suitable offer of education or training after they complete their GCSE year. The local authority tracks young people from the age of 16 years up to September after their 18th birthday as part of the September Guarantee. This helps us to fulfil our duty to provide education and training to young people by working with partners, particularly schools and colleges to ensure young people are offered suitable options.

The offer should be appropriate to the young person’s needs and can include:

  • Full-time education in school sixth-forms or colleges
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Employment combined with part-time education or training.

You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays.

You must then do one of the following until you’re 18:

  • Stay in full-time education, for example at a college
  • Start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.

Update your details

Why not update us on your details of what you are doing after you finish year 11. Completing the form below helps us to support you better. We will be able to help you find and stay in the best learning destination. Not only that, we can also support you with finding your first job or apprenticeship!

Are you not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)? Sign up today and receive additional support, information and exciting new opportunity updates!

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  • Only young people aged 16-19 (up to 25 if there are learning difficulties or disabilities) should update their data using this form.
  • Please include the best email address to contact you on

Careers related resources

Select a tab for more information:

Plan your study & work – your choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help you decide.

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Search for career ideas, advice and tips. Start thinking about your career & find out what you’re like and what you could do.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help young people make decisions on learning, training and work.

Alternatively, if you have questions you can use their free webchat facility for anyone aged 13+, click here.

A place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Get career smart!


BBC Bitesize now offers a wealth of careers inspiration and advice! These new resources offer:

• A growing collection of job case studies across a wide range of sectors, supported with labour market information
• Links between curriculum subjects and the world of work, showing how vocational, apprenticeship and academic pathways can lead to success
• Information and guidance on skills for work, choosing options, work experience and more


How much do careers pay?

Check out the Careerometer below for careers information on average pay rates, industry sector growth in the future, possible jobs you might find and what tasks you may be asked to do to help you in choosing your career pathway.

Local employment information

Do you know what businesses there are in Wiltshire or even what industry sectors?thumbnail of Wiltshire LMI

Follow the link below to see Wiltshire Council’s Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) documents which explain what key industry sectors there are in the Wiltshire area and what qualifications are preferable to work in that industry. They also provide information on relevant apprenticeships, how employers recruit, example positions and salaries, future growth of the sector, Wiltshire employers and where you can study.

The aim of these documents is to give you an understanding of the key priority and growth sectors within the county, to help you make the best decision about your future career.

You will also be able to find out what other job sectors you could work in and the career pathways for these.

Find out more about local employment information

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.

Alternatively, if you have any questions you can click on the National Careers Service logo to open a webchat.

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