From education to employment

How we’re helping young people find their next step in education and training

Here’s how we’re helping young people find their next step in education and training and navigate the many options available to them.

Qualifications that combine work and study


Apprenticeships are a brilliant option for people of all ages to launch their careers in a huge range of exciting industries or upskill at various levels.

There are thousands of apprenticeship vacancies on offer, with more than 640 high-quality apprenticeships approved for use by employers – meaning someone could pursue a career in anything from space engineering to advertising.

We have also launched Career Starter Apprenticeships which are a great opportunity for those with limited work experience.

With an apprenticeship, students can earn while they learn, while receiving high quality training.

For those who are considering an apprenticeship, check out Five reasons why you should consider an apprenticeship – The Education Hub (

T Levels

Our ground-breaking new qualifications, T Levels, which are broadly equivalent in size to three A Levels, are proving very popular.

T levels focus on technical and vocational skills. They combine study in a learning environment with a substantial industry placement so that students gain the skills and experience they need to progress into work, an apprenticeship or higher study.

Students spend 80% of their time in the classroom (either in school with a sixth form or college) and 20% on a minimum 45 day placement with an employer.

There are 16 subjects available now in England, including digital, science, construction, accounting, and health.

More subjects are coming in September 2023 and others will be introduced over the next few years.

To explore more on your choices when you reach 16/17 check out the Get the Jump pages on the National Careers Service website: Get the Jump: explore your education and training choices National Careers Service for more information.

Higher Education

Higher education is the name for qualifications and courses you can take after 18. It includes diplomas, foundation years, bachelor degrees and more. Some options combine work and study, some are solely study based.

Some students may go to university or into another type of higher education earlier than 18 years old.

Students can often study flexibly at their own pace by learning online or part-time. Courses are usually taught in universities, colleges or specialist institutions like art schools.

Qualifications based on study alone

Higher technical qualifications (HTQs)

HTQs are technical qualifications that are approved by employers. There are many different types and are usually taught in the classroom at colleges, universities or independent training providers.

HTQs are an alternative to apprenticeships or degrees. They may suit someone if they want a more practical, employer-led study programme.

Information on HTQs is available here: Higher technical qualifications (HTQs)

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