Wondering what next with jobs or education and need some support?

Wondering what next with jobs or education and need some support?

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Congratulations to year 11 students – you have now officially left school. But what happens now? Whether you’re looking for an apprenticeship or a place at college or sixth form or even if you’ve got a question about results day, our careers team is here to support you.  In this blog, Sarah Traynor from our careers team looks at the different options for young people post year 11 and signposts the financial and emotional wellbeing support available. 

Looking for jobs and apprenticeships? We won’t pretend things are easy right now but, as lockdown eases, more employers are starting to think about recruitment.

If you’ve made applications but haven’t heard, send the company a short, polite email, saying you’re still keen to work for them, or, if you applied through Sheffield Progress, keep logging on for updates. Carry on making other applications too.

If you’re struggling to get an apprenticeship, look at traineeships and study programmes as a way of getting skills and experience. You may be able to register your details with them until employers are recruiting, and they may also offer online training that you can do from home. Study programmes and traineeships are classed as learning rather than jobs, so they don’t pay a wage. But they attract Child Benefit and, in some cases the 16-19 Bursary.

Where to look for jobs and apprenticeships. You can look at our jobs page  and on the Government’s National Apprenticeship Service pages.

College and sixth form applications
If you’ve applied to college or sixth form, then you’ve either had an unconditional offer or you’re waiting for your place to be confirmed. If you’ve not yet applied, then there’s still time to apply but some courses will be filling up so check with the college or school first.

What will happen with GCSE results day and what if I want to resit?

GCSE results day is on Thursday 20 August. A Level results are out the week before, on 13 August. Check with your school or college how to collect your results as this will depend on social distancing rules.

You will receive a calculated grade for each subject which has been assessed by your school and agreed with the exam board. The grades will look the same as in any other year.

In certain circumstances you may be able to appeal against your result. Speak first to your school or college if you want to do this. You will also be able to re-sit subjects this autumn if you’re not happy with any of your grades. Depending on what happens with lockdown, it’s expected that A Level re-sits will be in October, with results issued by Christmas, and GCSE re-sits in October/November with results in January or February 2021.

We’ll be putting out more information before results time so keep on checking our website and social media.

After results day, schools and colleges normally hold enrolment events where you get a chance to speak to staff and officially sign up for your new course. These events may happen online this year so look out for messages from the school or college or check their websites.

What happens about money?
Child benefit will continue until age 20 if you stay in full time learning. This could be at college, sixth form or in work-based learning (e.g. a study programme or traineeship) provided it is approved and unpaid.

If you don’t stay in learning, Child Benefit will end on 31 August (or earlier if you start work before then). If you’re not fixed up on 31 August, there’s also Child Benefit Extension, which can normally be claimed for up to 20 weeks from the last date you attended school. Visit the Government’s Child Benefit pages or call 0300 200 3100.

If you get a job or apprenticeship, Child Benefit will end as you will be paid a wage.

You might also be able to get a 16-19 Bursary if you’re full time learning, facing hardship and age 16-19 (or 16-25 if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan). There are two types of bursary: The vulnerable bursary is worth up to £1,200 if you in care / leaving care or get certain benefits in your own name. Discretionary bursaries help with costs such as travel, equipment or meals.

Speak to your student services or training provider and visit the 16-19 bursary fund pages for details.

Other benefits
If you’re under 18, other benefits are only paid in special cases, e.g. if you’re estranged from your parents. The main benefit is called Universal Credit.

Help with travel
If you have a 16-18 Travel Pass you get cheaper travel (currently 80p per journey) on local busses and trams and half fare on Northern Trains. Visit Travel South Yorkshire for details and to apply.

Remember that at present you’re still advised to avoid using public transport if you can. If you use it, you must wear a face covering, keep a safe distance, wash or sanitise your hands frequently and either use contactless payment or buy your ticket in advance.

Got a question?
We run a helpline for young people (age 16-19) needing advice about looking for work, training, full time study, or who just want a bit of help with planning their next step. It’s open Tuesday-Thursday between 1pm-4pm on 0114 2016644.
Or you can email us at:
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Feeling low, a little anxious or worried and need someone to talk to?
Finishing Year 11 and waiting for results is always an anxious time. But this summer has been extra stressful so check out our Door 43 Wellbeing Service; follow them on Instagram or contact them by emailing: [email protected] to get in touch.

Looking for things to do?

Our youth work team are also working on interactive online activities, such as cooking tutorials. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is still running a summer programme, although it will look a bit different this year. Check out wearencs.com for details.

 

 

 

 

 

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