‘What are your plans for after Year 11?’  It’s never too early to start considering your options for after Year 11, and there are plenty of options available to you!

And remember…..

The government has now changed the law to increase the age at which you are required to participate in education or training.  If you are currently in Year 11, you will be required to continue in education or training until the end of the school year in which you turn 17.  For more information on “Raising of the Participation Age” (RPA), please follow the link below:


If you would like a careers interview to talk about the opportunities available to you, please speak with the PLACE Programme Manager direct to arrange this. Alternatively, you can start doing your own research into career opportunities, and the following websites may help you to do this:


This site will enable you to research your career ideas.  You will be able to find information on the actual job role, the qualifications required, the skills, experience and personal qualities required for the career of your choice.  You will also find websites appropriate to the job role you are researching.


This site is very interactive and easy to navigate.  You can find videos and information from people from all manner of industries who talk about their careers and the experience they gain within their job roles.


Apprenticeships combine paid work and learning.  You will need to create an account on the site to enable you to access the apprenticeship vacancies in their entirety and to apply to those of interest to you.

www.bedford.ac.uk / www.shuttleworth.ac.uk

Colleges provide a range of vocational and academic qualifications and cater for all levels of ability.  Your nearest college is Bedford College, but you can apply to any college you wish.


If you are considering full-time employment for after Year 11, you will also have to ensure that the employer offers you accredited training for a minimum of 280 hrs per year, or 1 day a week.

You can contact the Jobs Hub on 01234 223510 and request a Vacancy Bulletin to be emailed to you each week, but you will have to ensure that your email address is current or create a new one.

www.do-it.org.uk / www.volunteeringbedford.org.uk

Volunteering is a good way of gaining skills and can help you to find out what type of work you enjoy and therefore enable you to make the right choices when applying for employment, apprenticeships or further learning.

Volunteering will also be a valuable asset to include in your CV or application form.


Beds Careers

For any further information on career options and RPA, please contact Angela Stango at Education Support Services, Bedford Borough Council on 01234 223420