Flying high with your future - other options

Different areas of North Yorkshire can offer other post-16 provision such as Personalised Learning College, so have a look on the internet and talk to your careers advisor at school.

Personalised Learning Colleges cater for learners aged 16 to 25 with an education, health and care plan, up to five days a week during term time. The person-centred approach is designed to put each young person at the heart of the process when devising their personalised learning pathway. Find out more about Personalised Learning Colleges on our Local Offer preparation for adulthood page.

How to decide?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option?

 

Supported Internship

Apprenticeship

Further Education

Traineeship

Advantages

  • real work experience
  • just for young people with an EHCP so work place will be aware of inclusivity
  • minimum of 26 weeks on work placement
  • useful experience to add to CV
  • some professional qualifications gained sooner
  • free training and studies
  • paid NMW whilst on apprenticeship
  • focus on training for a specific job
  • can gain degree through scheme
  • can study degree after scheme
  • some professions require A-levels or a degree
  • gives maximum career flexibility
  • can work part-time
  • emphasis is on education, learning and/or specific career
  • ability to network with peers
  • can gain work experience in longer holidays
  • real work experience
  • opportunity to gain invaluable work experience
  • traineeship can be from 6 weeks to a year (though most last for less than 6 months)
  • training is also provided
  • can lead to apprenticeship or employment

Disadvantages

  • unpaid
  • 12 months commitment
  • no guarantee of a job
  • not available with all professions
  • limited networking opportunity
  • working while studying can be challenging
  • can limit career path
  • no job guarantees afterwards
  • may have to compete with graduates for jobs
  • requires certain level of GCSE qualification
  • qualifying for some professions takes a long time
  • student finances
  • no guarantee of a job afterwards
  • unpaid
  • must be unemployed and 16 to 24 years old
  • no guarantee of a job

Other things to consider

  • will you enjoy your course? Will it get you closer to where you want to be?
  • money - will you be able to afford this route? Are there any grants to help you? 
  • will you want or need an advocate for you at meetings? If so who?
  • moving on support - what sort of support will you get to help you move to your new education provider?
  • transport - how will you get to where you need to be and how long will it take? How much will it cost?
  • regular support - what extra support do you need and will you get it? If you have one, will your education, health and care plan continue?

Travel Information

You can get more information and apply on our transport to sixth form or college page and you should apply as soon as you can after the 31 May for September start dates.