Student guide to Employment

There are a wide range of options available to you at the end of Year 13, this includes:

  • University

  • Degree Level Apprenticeship

  • Gap Year

  • FE or HE via a college

  • Employment

Let's explore Employment in more detail...


Key Information about Employment

  • This is when you exit education and go straight into the workplace. Unlike a degree apprenticeship, you will not do any higher level qualifications as part of your employment, although you may participate in training led by the employer.

  • To go into the workplace straight from Year 13, you need to have a very clear job role in mind and know exactly what you want to apply for.

  • You will start earning a wage straight away and have all the same rights as other members of staff. This includes holiday pay, sick pay, access to internal training etc.

  • It is harder to move away from where you grew up to take up employment as it is not supported so you will have to rent accommodation independently.

Applying for Employment


There are lots of online job boards that you can use to apply for vacancies, these include:

Reed | Total Jobs | CV Library | Indeed - there are lots, Google to find more!


This is the best way to apply. You will need to make sure you have a CV.


There are also recruitment agencies who advertise jobs and then charge companies for finding people for those jobs. This can be a good route to use if you are looking for a specialist role but I would say that that the job boards would be a good place to start.


For more information, speak to your careers team at college or sixth form.

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