Careers Advice
Building Bridges
Young Work Wiltshire
Referral Form
Post 16 Education Options
ESOL – Wiltshire College 16 – 18 years
Higher Education & Further Education
Community Support
Resources and Equipment
Links to other information

Education in the UK for young people from age 16 to 18

 The UK school term is from September until July when there is a Summer break.  Secondary education is for Years 10 and Year 11 (age 14 to 16) where students prepare for GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams at the end of the two years.

After completing GCSE’s in Year 11, all young people in the UK are required to stay in education, employment or Training until they are 18.

Refugee Education UK has provided a Education Pack.

Guests living in the UK under Ukraine Family Scheme, or the Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine are eligible to enrol as a student, although colleges (but not state-funded schools) may ask to see evidence of eligibility.

The Education Hub is a site for parents, pupils and education professionals on the education system.

How do families arriving from Ukraine apply for a school place and childcare? / Як родинам, що приїжджають з України, подавати заяви на отримання місць у школі та допомоги з оплати послуг з догляду за дитиною? – The Education Hub (

The Wiltshire Council Employment and Skills Team are made up of a range of free services to support young people from the age of 16 upwards to access education and employment opportunities. The following three offers are for any young person arriving from the Ukraine who is not in education, employment or training and is aged 16-18. Please also see the blue tabs for more information and advice on education and employment for young people in Wiltshire.

Careers Advice – Information, Advice and Guidance.

Opportunity for 16 – 18 year olds to speak to a trained careers adviser from Adviza.

The adviser will help to identify strengths and interests to build an action plan with the best available options to progress into the chosen future studies or career.

Building Bridges

Building Bridges – individualised and intensive support for people aged 16 and upwards, with multiple barriers to help progress into education or employment and develop the skills and confidence needed.

Participants will meet and speak regularly with their own Building Bridges Development Worker who will help to overcome any barriers in accessing education, work and training. This support can also continue for up to 12 weeks after the participant has started study or work to ensure a successful start.

Young Work Wiltshire – Education, Employment and Training (EET) Service

A dedicated team to support young people from the age of 16, after they leave school and up to September after their 18th birthday who are not in any for of education, employment or training (NEET). An Education, Employment Adviser will support the young person with information and advice on the education employment and training pathways for young people in Wiltshire. This will include any young people arriving from Ukraine in this age range.

What the team can do?

  • Support with referrals to other organisations that offer activities to re-engage with education, training or employment.
  • Help to find and apply for suitable education or training courses
  • Help to find and apply for an apprenticeship.
  • Job searching and application help.

What the team can’t do?

  • Work with any young people that are already being support through other services such as those with an EHCP or working with Youth Offending.
  • Intensive support and activities with young people (referrals are made to other services that can provide this).
  • Careers Advice.

Post 16 Education (Further Education)

When a young person finishes their Year 11 at school and gets their GCSE results they can choose what they would like to continue onto in their Education and Training. This can be A Levels at a sixth form in a school, other qualifications at College, an Apprenticeship or work with training included. Careerpilot has useful information on options at 16 – Careerpilot : Get information : Your choices at 16 .

There are 2 colleges within Wiltshire and a 6th form college. These are:

Wiltshire college & University Centre

Sarum college

Salisbury 6th Form College

Wiltshire has 21 schools with sixth forms which are able to provide education for 16-18 year olds in years 12 and 13 and are listed below. The provision offered will depend on the Sixth Form, Young people and their families should approach colleges in their local area to apply for places.  FE courses have flexible and scheduled start dates. It may not be possible to join a course mid-way through the academic year. Students from Ukraine should discuss course start dates with the FE provider / College as part of their enrolment process. 

Find information on Further Education courses and funding here.

Find information on Further Education courses and qualifications for 14–19-year-olds here.


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!

Visit our apprenticeship page for more information.

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


If you need to use public transport to travel for post 16 education then you can apply for a travel pass from Wiltshire Council. In Wiltshire, transport can be applied for via the council’s post-16 transport scheme. A charge is applicable for this scheme with a significant discount for students from low-income households.

For more information please go to the website –  Applying for transport – Wiltshire Council

You can also contact the passenger transport team on 0300 4560100.

English Speaking for Other Languages (ESOL) Wiltshire College

Courses are available for 16-19 year old students who have English as a second language. Learners will improve their general knowledge of the English Language and work on improving their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Wiltshire College are happy to welcome any Ukrainian refugees (either adult or 16-18 year olds) onto their ESOL Summer School Programme which is running from Monday 20th June to Thursday 14th July. These courses will have an ‘Employability Skills’ focus for the Entry level classes and a ‘Life in the UK / Citizenship’ focus for the Level 1 and 2 classes.  The courses will be 13 hours per week for 4 weeks and include clear and detailed assessments for the Maths and English levels, and a written report at the end of the short course recommending what the best progression options will be in September.

Please book in for an assessment at one of the following times:

Trowbridge Campus – Mondays 3pm to 5pm.

 Chippenham Campus – Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm

 Salisbury Campus – Thursdays 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Contact Tom Evans at Wiltshire College –

Year 11 learners will be very welcome to apply to join the specialist ‘ESOL Full-Time Study Programme’ course, which is a 4 day a week course that includes ESOL, Maths, Citizenship and IT class within its programme of learning.

English Speaking for Other Languages (ESOL) Family and Community Learning

Courses are available for 19+ who have English as a second language. Learners will improve their general knowledge of the English Language and work on improving their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

These courses have been designed to help learners, whose mother tongue is not English, to settle into the life in the UK. Learners will be taught a variety of topics in accordance with their individual learning journeys. The aim is to teach learners how to communicate effectively in English covering all three elements  (speaking and listening, reading and writing). The courses are delivered at a higher and a beginner’s level.

By the end of these courses, learners will be able to (at the appropriate level):

  • Show an understanding of simple words and phrases used in everyday conversational and familiar contexts
  • Ask simple questions and respond appropriately
  • Understand face to face speech/words in spoken British English
  • Write simple sentences using learned vocabulary
  • Recognise and find important information in life-skill materials related to their need
  • Use appropriate body language to clarify and complement their spoken language

To book a place on the courses please email – or call 01225 770478

If you are unable to attend the induction please ensure you contact us. 

If courses are not currently being run in your local area please contact us on the above to be put on a waiting list, we will let you know when courses are available. There is a maximum of 15 people per course.

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Higher Education

The Department of Education are extending access to HE student support, home fee status, tuition fee caps, Advanced learner loans and FE19+ funding for those who are granted leave under one of the three schemes for Ukrainians introduced recently by the Home Office. This ensures those who have been affected by the war in Ukraine can access support on the same basis as those within other protection-based categories (such as refugees).

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) have compiled a list of over 70 universities that offer scholarships, bursaries and fee waivers for people who have claimed asylum in the UK. You will need to contact the university that you are applying to to check you are eligible and if your application will be considered.
Refugee Education UK facilitates a number of scholarships.

Further Education

Refugee Education UK have very useful information and flow chart on their website –

Refugee Education UK | Advice for College | Resource 05 | (

Other community support and organisations

You can also contact you local Community Engagement Manager who will be able to advise you on community support available locally. Find your local CEM or Councillor – Wiltshire Council

3.30pm to 5pm Monday at The Hub @ BA15 Church Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LS


Ukraine friendship group – Every Wednesday, 10 – Noon.

23 Borough Parade, Chippenham SN15 3WL


Tel: 01249 736425

St James Church Centre, Devizes, SN10 1LR


11am to 1pm Monday at Durrington Community Church


Meeting every Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm, at ‘that meeting space’ in the Market Place – formerly the ArtHouse Café. 

Ukrainians and their host families can get together over a hot drink and socialise with other families. The group has been set up by GoodNews Church.

For more information about the  local support group, visit; and join the ‘Ukraine support group – Melksham/Corsham/Lacock & Chippenham’ Facebook group: or call 07389 866714.

A chance for host families to meet each other, share information and for Ukrainian families to meet, find out what is happening in Salisbury, get help with forms, travel and language.

Pop in for coffee, cake and chat!

The hub takes place every Friday morning, 10am-12noon:

Salisbury Methodist Church, 26 St Edmund’s Church Street, Salisbury, SP1 1EF

Community Hub phone number – +44 7341141632

Email –

5pm to 7pm Tuesday at Pattern Church, Swindon

Email:  –


Royal Wootten Bassett Library – Friday’s 3:30pm – 5:00pm – join the Facebook group

Ukraine support group

Facebook –

Resources and Equipment to help with Education and Employment

Wiltshire Digital Drive

Ruksak45218 is a charity that offers a rucksack of essential items, such as bedding, clothing, toiletries, footwear, school stationery, school uniforms, sleeping bags, hot water bottles, reading books, exam revision guides, washing detergents – Ruksak45218 provides these items, for young persons, that are living in Wiltshire and are from 5 to 18 years of age.

Wiltshire libraries offer free computer use and free Wi-Fi

To support Ukrainian refugees and those children displaced by the conflict, the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) has published the Ukrainian curriculum online school.

Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK. You can download this guide from the .gov website which has a section on Education Services in the UK.

Refugee Education UK supports refugee and asylum seeking children and young people across the UK. They have some useful advice sheets and information on funding.

UK ENIC –  Statement of Comparability – A service to evidence the level of overseas qualifications for employment, study, profession registration or another reason.

Detailed information on education systems worldwide.

A collection of useful resources, website and guidance to support Ukrainian students starting school in the UK –

Information on how to keep young people safe in community settings and out of school clubs

English with Ukrainians is a free resource. Ukrainian translators still in the Ukraine translate lessons and discuss linguistic/cultural differences. There are also activities that are suitable for host families to do with Ukrainian guests.

  • Open University

Free online courses for refugees – OpenLearn – Open University

  • Oak National Academy has auto-translated all of its courses into Ukrainian so children and young people can access learning in their language.

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  • Badger Learning – is publishing six eBooks in a dual-language format, with English and Ukrainian text side by side and a glossary of commonly used words at the back. Books are all suitable for children in key stages 2 and 3.

FREE Reading Resources for Ukrainian Pupils (

Family and Community Learning includes a range of online, community based and outreach learning opportunities designed to help people of different ages and backgrounds from the age of 19.

Links to other useful information

Barnardo’s have setup the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Help for anyone fleeing the Ukrainian conflict | Barnardo’s (

Helping people overcome their barriers to education and employment across Swindon and Wiltshire.

Information and support for people from Ukraine, including the family migration visa and the Ukrainian family scheme.

Help for Ukrainian nationals in the UK (

Family and Community Learning offer free courses to anyone aged 19+ (depending on eligibility) on a range of online, community based and outreach learning opportunities designed to help people of different ages and backgrounds to develop new skills. Courses can lead to qualifications, employability skills, jobs and volunteering.

Family and Community Learning – Work Wiltshire

Guide from the DWP with information on how to get your NI numbers, benefits, allowances, Job centres and lots more.

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Important information on health, schools and money and how Wiltshire Council will support anyone arriving from Ukraine.

Useful resources for schools welcoming newly arrived learners who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Welcoming Refugee and Asylum Seeking Learners – The Bell Foundation (