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?

Look at the below tabs to see why you need to make a decision

September guarantee

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-form or college
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Employment combined with part-time education or training.

Leaving School

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 us with your details

We have a statutory duty to track all young people from aged 16 to 18 on their education, employment or training status. By telling us what you are doing around Education and Employment helps us to support you better.

Update us here with your Education or Employment details

Careers related resources

Select a tab for more information:

BBC Bitesize Careers

Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, Bitesize Careers explains the world of work, with advice from people who've found the right path for them.


Career Pilot

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. Website: Screenshot of Career Pilot website

Careers Explorer

If you are trying to decide which career is right for you or thinking about changing career, Careers Explorer is packed full of useful information. You can find out about a wide range of careers and, as the information is centred on Wiltshire, you can use Careers Explorer to find local vacancies, courses and apprenticeships. Website:

A screenshot of the Careers Explorer website


Search for career ideas, advice and tips. Start thinking about your career & find out what you're like and what you could do. Website: Screenshot of icould website

Jobhelp – Starting out in your career

Help to navigate the job market Website: A screenshot of the Job Help website

National Careers Service

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

Success at schools

A place to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Website:

Youth Employment UK – Skills and Careers Hub

Free resources, advice and guidance, designed with input from young people offering practical tools to support young people through education, transition into employment and beyond. Website: A screenshot of the Youth Employment UK website

How much do careers pay?

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

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.

Click here for more Local Employer Information

National Citizen Service

Designed specially for 16 and 17 year olds, the NCS experience will give you a clearer idea of what you want from your future.


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

National Careers Service logo