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Why I need to make a decision
Careers related resources
How much do careers pay
Local employment information

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

Why I need to make a decision

You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays but you are still required to remain in education or training until your 18th birthday.  Staying longer in education or training makes sure everyone gets the same chance to achieve in whatever you go on to do – whether it is a job or further study. There are lots of options available to you and it should be appropriate to your needs.

  • You can stay in full-time education in school, sixth-form or college
  • An apprenticeship can support you to start learning and earning straight away (or a traineeship will start you on your apprenticeship journey)
  • You can also start working or volunteering if you combine this with part-time education or training.

Wiltshire Council checks to make sure you have a suitable option of  learning and will support you if you need some help in finding education employment or training, see the support tab for more details.

You can tell us what you are doing around Education and Employment which will help us to support you better.

Update us here with your Education or Employment details

Careers related resources

Deciding on what you want to do for work can be confusing, here are some resources to help you explore your career options.

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.


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


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.


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


Help to navigate the job market and find out the different opportunities out there that are right for you. Up to date information on schemes to help you find work.


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


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.


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 Informationthumbnail of Wiltshire LMI

Do you know what businesses there are in Wiltshire or even what industry sectors?
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 Local Employment Information