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Learning & work

Finishing school soon?  What next?  You might want to keep learning, get a job or do both! 

In this section, you will find information on many of the choices available to you. 

Education, Training & Apprenticeships after 16

The government requires all young people to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday.  This is to ensure that every young person is able to achieve the skills and knowledge they need in order to move on to a successful career.

You can choose from full-time education at a school or college, an apprenticeship or traineeship, full time work or volunteering (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week) combined with part-time education or training

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Student Finance

There are many types of student finance. Availability is based on each individual student's financial situation, mental and physical well-being, course load, and area of study.

Full-time students can receive student finance from the government. This student finance can come in the form of loans, which must be repaid after graduation, or grants, which do not require repayment.

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Connexions - careers advice service

Supporting young people across Hounslow

Are you:

  • living in the London Borough of Hounslow?
  • not currently in Education, Employment or Training?
  • aged 16 to 19 (or up to 25 if you have a learning difficulty and/or disability)?

If yes, then we can help you. 

We can provide you with:

  • information about education courses, training courses and job opportunities (Including apprenticeships)
  • advice about which opportunities might be most suitable for you
  • guidance to help you think through your options and decide on your next steps
  • support with applications and interview preparation.

If you want our help there are many ways to get in touch:

  • contact our helpline on 020 8583 5151
  • drop us an email
  • visit us at our drop-in Centre (No appointment necessary) In the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 4DN. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm to 5pm 
  • find us on Facebook


In England, a young person must be in part-time education or training until they are 18. Children can only start full-time work once they've reached the minimum school leaving age. The youngest age a child can work part-time is 13 unless they are working with a special licence or permit. 

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The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile platforms. They have a dedicated section on all things money covering:

  • Benefits
  • Credit and Debt
  • Gambling 
  • Insurance 
  • Living on a Budget 
  • Money Management Tips 
  • Money Rights 
  • Student Money 
  • Tax

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Volunteering and getting involved

Would you like to give something back, make your mark on a cause you care about and learn new skills on the way? Volunteering some of your time could help you on your way to achieve that!

There are a range of local schemes you can get involved in starting with Hounslow's very own Youth Council.

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National websites you may find useful:

Young adults with SEND aged 16-25

The Hounslow Local Offer provides lots of further education options which can develop the skills of young people with special educational needs and disabilities including 

  • continuing education after 16
  • getting into work
  • finding somewhere to live independently

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