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                                       Gr ow u p !
                                       There comes a time when we’ve got to grow up and face the
                                       music of adult life. Growing up isn’t all that bad anyway; you
                                       gain more freedom and get less hassle from your parents.
                                       If you’re desperately struggling for a bit more freedom,
                                       then the end of Year 11 is the perfect opportunity to take
                                       some action. From then on you need to start thinking
                                       about your future.
                                       This magazine gives you the low-down on making the right
                                       contacts for further and higher education, jobs and training,
                                       to help you decide what to do next year. It will provide you
                                       with the info on the whats, wheres, whys, hows, dos and
                                       don’ts of what’s open to you for your future; there’s a whole
                                       world of opportunities just waiting for you to snap them up!

                                          We will                       	 The different qualifications on offer
                                                                        	 	 ays you can earn and learn in one go

                                          tell you...                      T
                                                                        	 	 hings you can do if you’re not moving on
                                                                           to a course, job or training straight away.

    There’s help on the way. A service        Personal Advisers based in             Parents and carers should be
    called Connexions is available right      Connexions Centres or Access           aware of what’s available in order
    across the country. It’s an advice,       Points in your area will be very       to support you in planning your
    guidance and support service for          happy to help you with any problems    education, training and future
    anyone aged 13 to 19 and up to your       you face, so there’s no need to feel   career. These contacts are contained
    25th birthday if you have learning        stressed! This magazine tells          within this magazine...that’s right,
    disabilities or difficulties. The good    you how to contact a Connexions        we do it all! It’s also important for
    news is that people like you and your     Centre near you.                       your parents or carers to realise that
    friends helped to plan it. As well as                                            ‘opportunities’ for students change
                                              Parents and carers are the biggest
    information, advice and guidance                                                 every year, but by understanding this
                                              influence on your future. This means
    on your career choices, you’ll get                                               they can help you make the most of
                                              that it’s a good idea to keep them
    support and practical help on issues                                             your future.
                                              informed, get them involved and
    such as health, housing, drugs and
                                              ask for their advice when making       Use this magazine to make sure
    alcohol, relationships, school and
                                              decisions.                             your choices are the right ones for
    home problems. Connexions is easy
                                                                                     you, and most importantly enjoy
    to access – it’s on the high street, on   Our advice to parents would be to
                                                                                     yourself in whatever you do!
    the phone, on the web and where           give you all the practical help and
    you learn.                                encouragement you need to make
                                              your decisions easier.

                                                                                                                4	Future	Fantastic	
                                                                                                                6	Dear	Dorothy
                                                                                                                6	cracking	the	coDe
                                                                                                                8	get	it	sorteD
                                                                                                                10	staying	on	as	a	stuDent
                                                                                                                12	swot	up
                                                                                                                14	the	Quiz
                                                                                                                centre	pages	course	guiDe		
                                                                                                                For	your	region
                                                                                                                15	cash	conunDrums	
                                                                                                                16	LiFestyLe	zone
                                                                                                                20	how	to	Learn	anD	make	cash
                                                                                                                22	i’m	not	reaDy	For	any	oF	this
                                                                                                                24	we’re	here	to	heLp
                                                                                                                25	your	Fears...	but	what	iF	?
                                                                                                                26	in	the	know

All photographs, unless otherwise stated within this publication, are used purely for design and illustrative
purposes, they are not an indication that they relate to any of the text. No case study relates to any
real individual, but is purely based upon experience and illustrates circumstances within which help
can be provided to individuals. No photograph attached to any case study shows the subject of the
case study, unless the individual’s name appears with the photograph and the case study is specified
in the publication as a real life story.

    F u t u r e FA N TA S T I C !
                                          S or getting
We’re no t quite TAKING HOLIDAYS ON MAR t our world
                                just yet, bu
the vacuuming done by cyborgs             orld of work.
is DEFINI TELY CHANGING, including the w
                               WORKING LIFE IN
These changes will affect your
           Here are some TOP TIPS and info to make sure
           you’re light-years ahead of the rest WHEN THE
            FUTURE HITS YOU like a spaceship at warp speed.

   bE flExiblE...
   Adapting what you know and what you can do to cope with new situations or tasks is always a good plan for
   success, so don’t be too rigid in your choices. Be flexible to widen your horizons.

   lEarning and training throughout your carEEr...
   You’ll hear a lot about lifelong learning - it’s not just young people who are being told that they should carry on
   learning to gain the knowledge and skills they need for the future - everyone’s getting in on the act!

   Key Skills...                               And what are these key skills you may ask?
                                                Reading, writing, speaking and listening...and doing them well!
   These are the skills that                    Being able to use numbers in everyday life
   all employers are looking                    Being able to spot a problem and fix it
   for in the people they employ.               Being able to use computers and understand what they can do
   Developing good key skills
                                                Being a team-player
   will make you better at your
                                                Knowing what you’re capable of and how you can improve.
   job, but they are equally
   important in your                           You’ll be developing your key skills through whatever learning
                                               you’re doing after Year 11 - in general subjects, job-related
   everyday life.                              subjects and in the workplace, but you could also get a Key
                                               Skills qualification to prove what level you’ve achieved.

                                 AT                                         TO DO ...
H er e ar e so m e TI P S on W H
ExpEct to find Jobs                      that may be extended or renewed             Engineering
nEEding fEw skills...                    when they end.
                                                                                     Renewable energy and
Experts have predicted that by                                                        the environment
                                         ExpEct all traditional
2010, fewer jobs will be open to
people without at least 5 good GCSEs
                                         craft and skillEd Jobs                      Transport and delivery
                                         to bE availablE...                           industries
or the equivalent such as NVQ
Level 2. So the more qualifications      The continued decline in                    Fitness, leisure and
you get, the more choice & earning       manufacturing, the impact of ICT             tourism industries
potential you’ll have.                   and the effects of the last recession       Childcare and child
                                         have reduced the number of these             development
ExpEct to havE a Job                     jobs. More losses are expected
for lifE...                              in the next 10 years - BUT                  Teaching and training
                                         REMEMBER - these jobs will still            Healthcare
Nowadays, you can expect to
                                         be there, only in fewer numbers.
change jobs several times during                                                     Management in teaching,
your lifetime - 7 times on average.                                                   healthcare and public
You may even retrain and change
                                         now hErE’s a list of
                                         Jobs for thE futurE                          administration
your career direction completely.
                                                                                     Financial advice and
                                          ICT, science and technology
ExpEct all Jobs to                                                                    telephone banking
bE pErmanEnt...                           Industrial design
                                                                                     Call centres.
Many more businesses are                  Skilled trades in the
employing people in the short-term,        construction industry
on fixed term or temporary contracts      Aerospace industry                                                                          Sorted!            
Dear DOR O T H Y. . .
Dear Dorothy,                                        Dear Dorothy,                                            Encourage her to be realistic
I am 16 years old and soon I need                    My daughter is presently making                           about what she can do - get her to
to decide if I am going into higher                  choices about her future. She is in                       research her ideas to see whether
education or not. The way I feel at the              Year 11 at secondary school and is                        she can meet the demands of the
moment, I’ve had it with school. I just              deciding where to go from there after                     job or course
want to get a job and start earning                  her exams. How can I best help her to                    Offer practical help with
money like my friends. Should I quit                 make the right decision? You know,                        researching ideas using the
school or should qualifications be pivotal           the sort of sensible thing that her                       Connexions Resources Areas in
in my plans to drive the car, buy the flat,          father and I are telling her she                          school and at the Connexions
have it all and be loaded ever after?                should do. You have to be very                            Centre, Careers Fairs or Open Days
Gav from Dudley                                      careful these days.
                                                     Margaret from Pontefract                                 Work with her on ‘plan B’ - the back-
  dorothy says:                                                                                                up plan in case for any reason she
        Ambition is good, but I can give             dorothy says:                                             can’t go ahead with her first choice
         you some real advice on your                Margaret, always remember that it is                     Ask her about her career guidance
          education. You may feel that               your daughter’s career and not her                        interview if she had one, and what
           you can’t be bothered with                father’s. I have some top tips which                      action points she got from it
            school any more, but think               should help...
             very carefully before leaving.                                                                   	 T
                                                                                                             	 	 ry to keep yourself up to date with
                                                      Take an interest in her plans                            the changes in education, training
                Your education is very
                                                       - she may need to talk things                            and the world of work - things are
                  important and it will
                                                       through to sort out her ideas                            very different now from when you
                   affect the rest of your
                    life. If you decide               Help her to think about what she                         were making your post-16 choices
                     that school isn’t for             likes or dislikes, what she is good                    Make the most of parents’ evenings
                      you, check out your              at and what is important to her in                      and other opportunities to meet
                      options for work-                her life - she is more likely to make                   your daughter’s Personal Adviser
                       based learning or               a choice that works for her if she                      and the careers team at school and
                        colleges of FE.                gets to know herself a little better                    at the Connexions Centre.

   he code..
                                                                              Applied A Levels
                                                                              Aim to offer a broad introduction to
                                                                                                                          A work-based training programme

  t                                                                           a vocational area, using work-related
                                                                              teaching & assessment methods.
                                                                              There are 10 subjects on offer, focussing
                                                                                                                          for 16-24 year olds leading to an
                                                                                                                          NVQ at Level 2
                                                                                                                          Advanced Apprenticeship
                                                                              on applied knowledge & skills rather
                                                                              than an academic approach                   A work-based training programme
 So what is the explanation        A Level (Advanced Level)                                                               for 16-24 year olds leading to an
                                   A 6-unit advanced level qualification       AS                                        NVQ at Level 3
 for the names given to            in academic subjects taking two              A 3-unit advanced level qualification
 qualifications?                   years. In the first year this involves       in subjects related to a general
                                                                                                                          Intermediate and advanced level
                                   3 AS units and in the second year            area of work. Equivalent to an AS.
 A cunning Martian code            3 A2 units, which are more                                                             qualifications awarded by Edexcel,
 designed to subvert               demanding                                    A
                                                                                Level                                  related to areas of work
                                                                                A 6-unit advanced level qualification
 the youth of the nation?          AS (Advanced Subsidiary)                     in subjects related to a general          City & Guilds
                                   A 3-unit advanced level qualification                                                  Advanced level, job-related
 I don’t know, but here’s          in academic subjects that can exist
                                                                                area of work. Equivalent to one
                                                                                A Level.
 what they stand for...            as a stand alone qualification or the                                                  E2E (Entry to Employment)
                                   first year of a full A level                ALevelDoubleAward
                                                                                A 12-unit advanced level                  A learning programme to help you
                                   A2                                           qualification in subjects related         get ready for employment, education
                                   The name given to the 3 units that           to a general area of work.                or training if you need more support
                                   make up the second year of an A level        Equivalent to two A Levels                and don’t feel ready to take more
                                                                                                                          qualifications or get a job yet

                                                  This Issue: Education Horror Stories

.     “She s o l ve s t h e p ro b l e m s
                                   ant s o r t e d !”
                    t h a t yo u w
        Here are 2 examples of                                                        a lEttEr from isaac
        young people who decided                                                      “When I left school I went straight to a job at my local factory
                                                                                      - my mates were working there and the money was good -
        that the path they’d chosen                                                   that’s all I wanted. After about six months I got bored, stuck
        wasn’t really what they                                                       in a job going nowhere and the shifts were beginning to affect
                                                                                      my social life.
        expected.                                                                     I called into the Connexions Centre and spoke to a Personal
                                                                                      Adviser who talked about getting qualifications and jobs with
                                                                                      training - stuff I had heard at school but couldn’t get into. We
                                                                                      looked at things I am good at and what I like doing to help me
        a lEttEr from tanya                                                           decide what sort of job I want to do.
        “I left school at 16 with 5 GCSEs and got a place on a                        I am now working for a local engineering company,
        training programme as a nursery nurse because I wanted                        getting day-release to go to college and working
        to work with children. I liked it at first but later began                    towards NVQ Level 3.”
        to feel that it was not the right job for me.
        A friend told me that I could still use the Connexions
        Centre, so I made an appointment to see a Personal                            So now you know that not everybody
        Adviser. We talked about what I liked and disliked about                      gets it right first time, but if you
        what I was doing, which really helped to sort me out.
                                                                                      realise you’ve made a mistake you
        I am now at Sixth Form College studying 4 AS levels -                         can always contact your local
        it’s hard work but I am enjoying it. I still want to work
        with children, but now it’s the idea of teaching History                      Connexions Centre for advice.
        in a secondary school which feels right for me.”                              However it is better to get it
                                                                                      right first time by seriously
                                                                                      thinking about what you want
                                                                                      for your future. Some sort of
                                                                                      education or training is always
                                                                                      a good idea.

    E2V                                        them the time to learn and develop     EMA (Education Maintenance              ICT
    This programme is intended to offer        in a non-pressurised environment.      Allowance)                              (Information & Communication Technology)
    a chance to learn about the world of                                              A weekly payment made by the            Using computers, the internet, e-mail,
    work and training to young people          Young people will be supported to
                                                                                      government to encourage young           etc. to search for, handle and present
    aged 16-18 who are not currently in        face and overcome any barriers which
                                                                                      people to remain in education           information
    training, education or employment.         are preventing them from achieving
                                                                                      or training after Year 11
    It is aimed at those young people          success at work or in training. E2V                                            Key Skills
    for whom E2E is not suitable, and          will help young people gain confi-     FE (Further Education)                  The 6 skills that all employers
    is about offering young people a           dence, raise their self-esteem,        Post-16 education at a college          are looking for – communication,
    wide range of hands-on activities          develop their personal and social                                              application of number, problem
                                               skills, and hopefully, progress to     GCSE (General Certificate of            solving, ICT, working with others,
    to motivate and stimulate their                                                   Secondary Education)
    interest. The provider will try to offer   the E2E programme. They will have                                              and improving your own learning
                                               the continuous support of a mentor     An intermediate (grades A-C)            and performance
    a varied programme with real work                                                 or foundation (grades D-G) level
    experience and work sampling.              who will give advice and guidance on
                                               matters such as housing, money or      qualification in general subjects,      Key Skills Qualification
    All those taking part will have the        relationship problems.                 usually taken pre-16                    A qualification available at Levels 1 to 4
    opportunity to develop their existing                                                                                     showing an ability to use each skill
                                               If learners attend for at least 16     GNVQ                                    at that level
    basic, ICT and pre-vocational skills,                                             (General National Vocational
    and will be given the chance to gain       hours per week they will receive an
                                               allowance of £40 and their travel      Qualification)                          NVQ
    real qualifications. However, the                                                 A qualification related to a general    (National Vocational Qualification)
    programme is NOT about putting             costs will be reimbursed.
                                                                                      area of work, available at Foundation   A qualification available at all levels
    pressure on learners to achieve                                                   and Intermediate levels                 that is related to doing a job, and
    qualifications, but about giving                                                                                          where the learning is usually done
                                                                                                                              in the workplace.

                                         Get it
                                          SO RTED!
                                                  You may think that you know
                                                  exactly what you want to do with t,
                                                  your future: supermodel, astron
                                                  multi-mill ionaire perhaps?
                                                       However some of the things we would like to do in life aren’t
                                                       realistic goals. So it is important that you think very carefully
                                                       about what you can realistically see yourself doing as a
                                                       future career.
                                                       It’s not as easy as it sounds. First it’s important to know
                                                       yourself - what you are good at, what you’re not so good at,
                                                       what you like and what you don’t like.

                                          yo u
    H er e ar e S O M E O F TH E TH IN G S in king A B O U T
                             ne ed to be th
what am i intErEstEd in?                    takE thE bull by                          Top Tips...
(Both in school and outside school)         thE horns!                                Before you decide, here are
                                            Now you have got some idea of
what am i good at?
                                            your goals, it’s time to start making
                                                                                      some top tips for finding the
what is important to                        them happen.                              way to go...
mE in my lifE?                                                                           A
                                                                                      	 	 sk your friends, relatives and
                                            At the end of Year 11, you are finally
(Lifestyle, status, money, freedom,         released on an unsuspecting world;           teachers what they think of
security, etc)                              for the first time you can choose how        your ideas
what do i want to do                        you want to carry on learning.               A
                                                                                      	 	 sk the experts, like your PA,
with my lifE and carEEr?                    The next step is to decide which path        Connexions Centre PA and your
                                            is right for you...                          school Connexions or Careers
what qualifications,                                                                     Co-ordinator, for help and advice
skills and pErsonal                         You could...
qualitiEs do i nEEd?                                                                     G
                                                                                      	 	 et the facts - use the Connexions
                                            	 	 arry on studying at a School            Resource Area, the internet and
what might gEt in                              Sixth Form, a Sixth Form College          Careers Fairs to find out more
my way?                                        or a Further Education (FE)               about what’s on offer
(Not getting the qualifications, too few                                                 L
                                                                                      	 	 ook at the opportunities on offer
openings, too much competition, not            G
                                            	 	 o out into the world of work and        and how successful the people
enough money, health problems, etc)            train to do the job you want to do        who have chosen them in the
                                               whilst still gaining qualifications.      past have been
After thinking carefully about these
kinds of things you also need to think      In addition you could do something to        B
                                                                                      	 	 egin making the right contacts
about how realistic they are.               further your personal development            now before it’s too late!
                                            like voluntary work, leisure activities
You may think that you could be the                                                   It is important that you know about
                                            or a new hobby.
next Alan Sugar or Dragon’s Den star,                                                 all the options open to you in order
but that is not going to happen just yet.                                             to make an informed decision.
You need to lay the foundations first.

          gEnEral subJEcts                                     show you havE thE skill!
       AS and A levels are advanced level qualifications       Job rElatEd subJEcts
    available in over 70 general subjects. So why not          Vocational qualifications are related to the world of work.
 take up the challenge and sign up for the courses which       If you know the career area you want, check out any
interest you? If you do you’ll find that further education     vocational qualifications that might be relevant.
can pay off big-time for you!
                                                               The Applied A levels are advanced level qualifications
You usually need 5 GCSEs at C+ (usually including              showing that you’ve got what it takes; the general skills
English Language) to be accepted on a course, but              and knowledge you need for jobs within a broad area of
check it out with individual schools and colleges.             work, like engineering or health and social care.
Some schools or colleges may ask for B grades in               You usually need 4 GCSEs at C+ or GNVQ Intermediate to
the subjects you would like to take at AS or A level,          be accepted on a course, but check it out with individual
so checking it out first is the best way to go.                schools and colleges first.
For more info check out these websites:                        Other advanced level job related qualifications in a
w                                             wide range of subjects may be offered by FE colleges.
                                                               These include BTEC National Certificates/Diplomas,
                                                               City & Guilds, OCR Diplomas, etc. You might find that
w                                             this is the best option for you.
                                                               For more info check out these websites:
do thE Job right!                                              w
Job qualifications                                             w
NVQs show that you can do a job at national standards.
So if you know what you want to do, take the plunge and
prove your skill. An NVQ might be the one for you!
There are NVQs for almost all occupations... so give
                                                               kEy skills - unlock thE door
them a go!                                                     to succEss!
                                                               The Key Skills qualification is available at Levels 1 to 4
You can work towards NVQ Levels 2 and 3 through
                                                               and covers Communication, Application of Number and
Apprenticeship programmes.
                                                               ICT - key skills in unlocking your success for the future!
There are other advanced level qualifications related to
                                                               It will be on offer whether you are doing your learning in
jobs - like BTEC National, City & Guilds and OCR Diplomas
                                                               a Sixth Form, College or on an Apprenticeship programme
and/or Certificates - that can be studied part-time whilst
                                                               and could be an extra qualification under your belt that
working, as well as full-time. So if an NVQ’s not for you,
                                                               will prove your skill, so why not give it a shot?
why not give one of the others a try?
For more info check out these websites:

try to gEt it right thE first timE
	 	 nly 1 in 4 students think they fully understand all the
   post-16 options open to them
	 	 ore that 1 in 5 young people at FE college fail to
   complete the courses they started
	 	 p to half of the young people in Government funded
   training leave the programme early
These figures should help you understand how important
it is to get it right first time.

                                                  Staying on as a
             What’s it going to be like?
 After you’ve experienced the TERRIBLE ORDEAL OF GCSE S,
 I suspect that you might be thinking of entering into a
 WORK-INDUCED COMA in preference to going on to learn
 anything else. BUT DON’T GIVE UP, because it’s never time
 to stop learning. You’ll soon make a recovery after your
 GCSES and be desperate to take in more information...
 Well, maybe not, but the fact is that many careers     the right choice for you. After all, you’d kick
 require more than just GCSEs. So if you know           yourself if you left education and then wished
 that the career you want to pursue needs further       you hadn’t. Although it’s never too late to return
 qualifications, or you’re unsure of what career path   to education if you leave, why cause yourself
 you would like to take, or you simply want to learn    all that hassle? Time and money may cause
 more, staying on as a full-time student is probably    complications later on.

10   Sorted!                              
After your GCSEs, for the first time in your life, you can drop the subjects you haven’t
particularly enjoyed and choose what to study and where to study... You could continue
your studies at a school with a Sixth Form, or at a Sixth Form College or a Further
Education College. Check out all your options.

so what’s post-16 study all about?...
This is basically what it will involve for you...
     	 tudying fewer subjects in greater depth
     	 lanning your workload
     P                                                             Top Tips...
	   	 eing responsible for attending classes
     B                                                             Here are some top tips for choosing
	   	 aving more one-to-one contact with teachers
     H                                                             the right courses for you...
	   	 ombining class work with private study
                                                                   	 	 hy not make it easier on yourself?
	   	 esearching information for yourself
     R                                                                Choose courses that you will enjoy and
	   D
     	 eveloping key skills                                           are good at, or you will soon get bored
	   M
     	 eeting deadlines                                               T
                                                                   	 	 hink about what’s involved in each course,
	   	 sing your initiative...and this doesn’t mean
     U                                                                keeping in mind what you like and don’t like doing
     copying the work from someone else.
                                                                   	 	f you have got a particular career path in mind,
                                                                      check to see what qualifications you need to get
now you know what post-16 study                                       into it
involvEs, it’s timE to chEck out whErE
                                                                   	 	f you are thinking of going into higher education
to study if you’rE up for it. hErE’s a
                                                                      later, check out the subjects you might need to
list of top tips to hElp you find thE                                 get on the course you want. You usually need to
right placE for you...                                                have the subject at advanced level (and you may
Find out...                                                           need others too) to do it as a degree. There are
                                                                      exceptions, such as degrees in law, psychology
	 	 hat subjects are on offer                                        and some others where the subject is not
	 	 hat GCSE grades you need to study the courses you                required at advanced level
   want and whether are you likely to get them
                                                                   	 	 ry to avoid choosing subjects that have a lot of
	 	 hat grades previous students achieved on that course,            common ground, such as Biology and Zoology
   and what they went on to do                                        or Business Studies and Accounting - some
	 	 hat the facilities are like - library, sports and social         organisations may only count them as one
   as well as class sizes, support and teaching methods               subject, not two
	 	 hat time and costs are involved in getting there                 T
                                                                   	 	 hink about mixing subjects like performing arts,
   and back each day                                                  general studies, design or media studies with
	 	 hether you will get any kind of grant or award.                  more traditional subjects to show a broad range
                                                                      of knowledge, which is especially useful when
After considering all these things, choose the place                  applying to universities and colleges.
that is right for you.
                                                                   Most important of all, make sure that wherever you
What is post-16 study going to be like?                            go is the right place for you and that you choose the
Well it’s definitely different to what you’re used to, which has   courses which you enjoy and will be interested in.
to be good! You’re given a lot more freedom and are treated        Remember, you are allowed to have fun too!
much more as an adult by teachers, but there is definitely
some hard work and commitment required from you, which
means that it is important that you choose subjects that you
genuinely enjoy and are interested in, or you’ll find yourself
feeling fed up.

When choosing your courses, you need to think very                       Parents’ And Carers’ Info
carefully about certain things.                                          It is very important that you help and
                                                                         encourage at this time. You are the
                                                                         most important influence.
                                                                        Sorted!        11
            S wot Up!
      OK I know it’s all a bit daunting
      MAKING DECISIONS about your
      future career. Yes you’d love
      to put it off, well for as long as
      you can, but this is the moment
      and it’s a biggy!
Research is good. Guessing is bad. There is a lot of
information out there and it will help you to make a
better decision. Some of the materials you dig up may
also be a cure for insomnia, but in the
long run, you’ll find that doing a bit of swotting on your
options will pay off. You’ll be able to do a great deal of
your swotting in your school’s Connexions Resources
Area. Or you can pay a visit to the Connexions Centre.
You know it makes sense. Whilst basking in the oasis

                                                                         Parents’ And Carers’ Info
of all careers knowledge, you’ll find many of the books,                 You are welcome to do some research
leaflets, prospectuses and computer programs listed                      of your own at the Connexions Centres,
here...and so much more besides!                                         and may even be able to browse through
                                                                         the Connexions Resources Area at
                                                                         school. Many hands make light work!

12    Sorted!                                  
And here’s the moment that                                          surfing thE wEb
you’ve all been waiting for...                            

                                                                    See below

(Remember, in this case,
                                                                    Comprehensive site for young people with help on education,

it’s bang-on being a swot!)                                         work, health and personal issues as well as music, news
                                                                    and leisure

                                                                    An online gateway to quality careers info

 carEErs softwarE                                         
                                                           aims to offer young adults aged 16-25 access to
 You can use computer programs to get information that’s
                                                                    quality, impartial information and advice, and the opportunity
 fine-tuned to your needs or any conditions you set. Most are
                                                                    to get support and empathy from other young people going
 updated annually, so you know the information should be
 up-to-date.                                                        through similar situations.

 Kudos – a program aimed at 14-20 year olds that helps
 to match your skills and interests with jobs
                                                                    gEnEral books on carEErs
 Careerscape Multimedia – a useful software package
 with 700 careers and useful articles                               Jobfile 2007/8 (VT) – a handbook of jobs and careers at all
                                                                    occupational levels (2007)
 JED (Job Explorer Database) – an interactive multi-media
 careers information resource for young people. It uses pictures,   Careers 2008 (Trotman) – detailed information on jobs of all
 case studies and sound to explore the world of work.               types and at all levels, including how to get started,
                                                                    progression, prospects and salaries (2007)
 Odyssey – a jobs database for young people that includes
 information on jobs of all types and at all levels, including      Careers with an Arts or Humanities Degree (2006)
 how to get started, prospects, salaries and hypertext links
 to the internet                                                    Careers with a Science Degree (2006)

 Pathfinder – a program combining psychometric assessment           Choosing Your A Levels & Post-16 Options (2006)
 of interests and a comprehensive jobs database.                    It’s Your Choice (DfES) – an in-depth look at all the choices
                                                                    available at the end of Year 11, with lots of ideas on where
                                                                    to find out more. This booklet is provided free to students
                                                                    through schools and is also available on the internet

                                                                    Summer Jobs in Britain (Vacation Work) and Summer Jobs
                                                                    Abroad (Vacation Work) – together they give details of over
                                                                    30,000 vacancies in a range of occupations in the UK and
       CONNEXIONS DIRECT                                            in over 50 countries abroad
                                                                    Taking a Gap Year (Vacation Work) and The Gap Year Guidebook                                    (Peridot) – both look at the pros and cons of taking a gap
       Thisisaserviceespeciallyforyoungpeopleaged          year, and what you could do if you do
       onawiderangeoftopicsthroughoneeasy-to-use           CLIPS Information Leaflets provide information on careers,
       website.Youcanaccessinformationandadvice              education & training as well as the personal issues that may
       onlearning,careers,health,relationships,money          affect decision making.
                                                                    The Ethical Careers Guide 2007 (2006) – Essential Handbook
                                                                    for anyone who wants to make the world a better place and for
                                                                    their working life to reflect their values.
       bytelephone,webchat,e-mailortextmessage.              These are only examples from the wide range of careers
                                                                    books that may be available in your school or college
                                                                    Connexions Resource Area or your local Connexions Centre.
       Call on 080 800 13 2 19ortext on 07766 4 13 2 19

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                 Th e Q U I Z                                                                        P r o v e y o u r s e lf
                                                                                                      a s a t r u e b o ff in !
                                 Here’s your chance to impress all those around you by proving how much you know
Here are the clues,
but do you know                  about the qualifications available to you. Crowds will gasp in awe as you prove you have
the answers without              really earned that anorak by answering the whole quiz correctly! Well, maybe not, but
cheating and looking             doing this quiz may help you get the facts sorted in your head... and if you do get it all
at the bottom of                 right first time, I’d keep it to myself if I were you, or face the ridicule of your mates!
this page?!

cluEs                            sEction 1                                                            F) CLUE 1: It’s a qualification you work towards in the
A Level                           What qualification is this?...                                         CLUE 2: It proves you can do the job to national standards.
                                                                                                         CLUE 3: There are 5 levels - Level 2 is at Intermediate
Applied A Level
                                  A) CLUE 1: It’s the first half of an A level, but also a               level and Level 3 is at Advanced level.
Double Award                         qualification in its own right.                                     CLUE 4: You work towards them on Apprenticeships
NVQ (National                        CLUE 2: It’s made up of three units.                                and other work-based training.
Vocational Qualification)            CLUE 3: It’s graded A-E.                                            What is it?
                                     CLUE 4: The grades achieved in it could be important
Information and                      for making applications to universities or colleges              If you’re finding yourself struggling with the quiz, here’s a
Communication                        during the final year of post-16 study.                          little extra clue that might help you out...
Technology                           What is it?                                                      In addition to the answers, there are a whole range of other
Vocational AS                                                                                         advanced level qualifications related to the world of work.
                                  B) CLUE 1: It’s a six unit advanced vocational qualification.       Many can be studied part-time, whilst working, as well
AS (Advanced Subsidiary)             CLUE 2: The 14 areas available are Art and Design,               as full-time.
                                     Business, Construction and the Built Environment,                These include:
Problem Solving
                                     Engineering, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and
                                     Catering, ICT, Leisure and Recreation, Manufacturing,            	      BTEC National Diplomas/Certificates
Working With
                                     Media (Communication and Production), Performing                 	      City and Guilds
Others                                                                                                	      OCR Diplomas
                                     Arts, Retail and Distributive Services, Science and
Application of Number                Travel and Tourism.                                              This means that your answers should be none of the above!
                                     CLUE 3: About 66% of your marks come from coursework.
Improving Your
                                     CLUE 4: It’s graded A-E.
Own Learning and
                                     What is it?
Performance                                                                                          sEction 2
Communication                     C) CLUE 1: It’s a three unit advanced vocational qualification.
                                     CLUE 2: The subjects available are Business,                     Key skills are as important in the world of work as they
                                     Engineering, Health and Social Care and ICT.                     are in day-to-day life. They’re skills that all businesses are
                                                                                                      looking for in everyone they employ. Can you remember
                                     CLUE 3: It’s graded A-E.
                                                                                                      what they are?
                                     What is it?
                                                                                                      The Key Skills are...
                                  D) CLUE 1: You get this qualification by studying a
                                     subject to AS level then doing a further three,                  1)
                                     more demanding, units.
   and Performance
6) Improving Your Own Learning                                                                             ... involves reading, writing, speaking and listening
5) Working With Others               CLUE 2: You may be assessed unit-by-unit or by
   Communication Technology          exams at the end of the course.                                  2)
                                     CLUE 3: Coursework may count for up to 30% of                         ... involves using numbers in everyday life
4) Information and
3) Problem Solving
2) Application of Number             your marks.                                                      3)
1) Communication
                                     CLUE 4: It’s graded A-E.
Section 2:
                                     What is it?                                                           ... involves spotting when there’s a problem and fixing it
   F) NVQ (National Vocational
      Award                       E) CLUE 1: It’s a twelve unit advanced vocational qualification.         ... involves using computers and knowing what they can do
                                     CLUE 2: It’s available in Art and Design, Business,
   E) Applied A Level Double
   D) A Level
   C) Applied AS                     Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering,             5)
   B) Applied A Level                Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering,                     ... involves being part of a team
   A) AS (Advanced Subsidiary)
                                     ICT, Leisure and Recreation, Manufacturing, Media
                                     (Communication and Production), Performing Arts,
   Section 1:

                                     Science and Travel and Tourism.                                      ... involves knowing what you can do and how you
                 Quiz Answers

                                     CLUE 3: It’s graded A-E.                                                 can improve
                                     What is it?                                                      You will be developing your key skills in whatever learning
                                                                                                      you’re doing post-16 – in general subjects, job-related
                                                                                                      subjects and in the workplace, but you can also get a
                                                                                                      Key Skills qualification to prove what level you’re at.

  14           Sorted!                                                      

                              1 6	O pti ons
 Po st	              uring	Year	11	a
                                     ll	s tudents	will	be
                                         isio ns	about	their	
                   aske  d	to	make	dec            g.	
                   future	learn ing	and	trainin
                              This	leaflet	contains	information		
                              to	help	you.

 Contents                                           Many	schools	and	colleges	are	still	at	an	early	stage	of	
                                                    planning	the	courses	they	will	be	running	from	September	
                                                    2008.	The	information	is	a	guide	only.	Check	out	what’s	on	
                                                    offer	with	the	school	or	college	in	the	Spring	term	before	
 2	   Schools	and	Colleges	Post-16	AS	and	A2	       making	your	final	choice.

 3-4	 Schools	and	Colleges	Vocational	Courses
                                                  	 For	More	Information	Contact:
 5	   Training	Provision	
 6	   	 ontact	Details	for	Schools	and	Colleges

 6-7	 	 ontact	Details	for	Training	Providers
      C                                           	 West	Yorkshire	Training	Access	Point
 8	   Information	&	Advice	
                                                                                                                                                                                                Hemsworth Arts & Community College
                                                                                    Hemsworth Arts & Community College

                                                                                                                                                                                                Queen Elizabeth Grammar School*
                                                                                    Queen Elizabeth Grammar School*

                                                                                                                                                                                                Minsthorpe Community College
                                                                                    Minsthorpe Community College

                                                                                                                                                                                                St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form College
                                                                                    St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form College

                                                                                                                                                                                                Wakefield Girls High School*
                                                                                    Wakefield Girls High School*

                                                                                                                                                                                                Outwood Grange School
                                                                                    Outwood Grange School

                                                                                                                                                                                                NEW College Pontefract
                                                                                    NEW College Pontefract

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ackworth School*

                                                                                                                                                                                                Silcoates School*
                                                                                                                                                                                                Wakefield College
                                                                                    Ackworth School*

                                                                                    Silcoates School*
                                                                                    Wakefield College
                                                             WAKEFIELD	                                                                                     WAKEFIELD	

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ossett School
                                                                                    Ossett School
                                                             DISTRICT	SCHOOLS	                                                                              DISTRICT	SCHOOLS	

                                                             AND	COLLEGES		                                                                                 AND	COLLEGES		
                                                             POST-16	AS	AND	A2	                                                                             POST-16	AS	AND	A2	

                                                             AS & A2                                                                                         AS & A2
                                                             Accounting	                 	    	   	    	    •	    	     	    	    	    	    	    	          Further	Mathematics	                    •	   	   	     	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •	   	     	   •	
                                                             Applied	Science	            	    	   •	    	    	    	    •	    	    	    	    	    		         Use	of	Mathmatics	                       	   	   	     	   	    	    	    	    	    	    	    		
                                                             Archaeology	                	    	   	    	    •	    	     	    	    	    	    	    	          Media	Studies	                           	   	   	   •	   •	    	    	    	   •	    	   •	    	
                                                             Art	&	Design	               	    	    	   •	   •	    	     	    	   •	    	    	   •		         Music	                                  •	   	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •	   	   •	   •	    	   		
                                                             Applied	Art	&	Design	       	    	    	    	    	    	    •	    	    	    	    	    	          Music	Technology	                       •	   	   •	   •	    	    	   •	   	    •	   	    •	   	
                                                             Art	&	Design	(textiles)	    	    	    	    	   •	    	     	    	    	    	   •	    		         Performing	Arts	                         	   	   •	   •	    	    	    	   	     	   	     	   		
                                                             Art	&	Design	(Fine	Art)	   •	    	   •	    	    	   •	    •	   •	    	   •	   •	    	          Performance	Studies	                     	   	    	    	   •	    	    	    	    	   	     	    	
                                                             Biology		                  •	    	   •	   •	   •	   •	    •	   •	   •	   •	    	   •		         Photography	                             	   	    	    	   •	    	    	    	   •	   	    •	    		
                                                             Business	Studies	          •	    	   •	   •	   •	   •	    •	   	   •	   •	   •	   	          Physical	Education	                     •	   	   •	    	    	   •	   •	   	   •	   •	    	   	
                                                             Applied	Business	           	    	   •	    	   •	   •	    •	    	    	    	    	    		         Physics		                               •	   	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •		
                                                             Chemistry	                 •	    	   •	   •	   •	   •	    •	   •	   •	   •	   •	   •	          Psychology	                              	   	   	   •	   •	   •	   •	   	   •	   •	   •	   	
                                                             Classical	Civilisation	     	    	    	    	    	    	     	   	    	    	    	   		         Religious	Studies	                       	   	    	    	   •	   •	    	   	    	    	    	   		
                                                             Computing/IT	               	    	    	    	   •	    	     	    	    	    	    	    	          Religious	Studies		
                                                             Dance	                      	   •	    	    	    	    	     	    	    	    	    	    		         &	Philosophy	                           •	 	     	    	    	    	 •	 	         	    	    	    	
                                                             Design	Technology	         •	    	    	    	    	    	     	    	    	    	    	    	          Religious	Education	
                                                             Design	Technology	-		                                                                          /Theology	                              	    	   	    	    	    	    	    	 •	 •	 	           		
                                                             Resistant	Materials	       	    	    	   	    	    	      	    	 •	 	         	    		         Science	for	Public		
                                                             Design	Technology	-		                                                                          Understanding	                          	    	   	    	    	    	 •	 	         	    	    	    	
                                                             Product	Design		           •	 	      	   	 •	 •	 •	           	    	 •	 	        	          Science	in	the	
                                                             Design	Technology	-		                                                                          Environment	                            	    	   	    	    	   	    	    	    	    	    	    		
                                                             Food	Technology	           	    	 •	 	         	    	      	    	 •	 	         	   		         Science		
                                                             Design	Technology	-		                                                                          (Perspectives	In)	                      	    	   	    	    	   	    	    	    	    	    	    	
                                                             Textiles	                   	   	     	   	     	   •	    •	    	 •	      	    	   	          Applied	Science		
                                                             Drama	&	Theatre	Studies	   •	   •	   •	    	    	   •	    •	   	 •	      	    	   		         (Biology)	                              	    	 	 •	 	 	 	 	                     	   	     	   		
                                                             Economics	                 •	   	     	   •	   •	   •	     	   	 	      •	    	   	          Sociology	                              	    	 •	 •	 •	 •	 	 	                 •	   	    •	    	
                                                             English	(Combined)	         	   	     	   •	    	   •	    •	    	 	       	    	    		         Spanish	                                	    	 	 	 •	 •	 	 	                  •	   •	   •	   •		
                                                             English	Language	           	   	    •	   	    •	   •	    •	   	 •	     •	   •	   	          Sport	Studies	                          	    	 	 	 •	 	 	 	                     	   	     	    	
                                                             English	Literature	        •	   	    •	   	    •	   •	    •	   •	 •	     •	   •	   •		         Textiles	                               	    	 •	 	 	 	 	 	                     	   	     	   •		
                                                             Film	Studies	               	   	    	    	    	    	     	    	 	      •	    	    	          Applied	Travel	&	Tourism	               	    	 	 	 •	 	 •	 	                    	   	     	    	
                                                             French	                    •	   	    •	   •	   •	   •	    •	   •	 •	     •	   •	   •		         Urdhu	                                  	    	 	 	 	 	 	 	                      	   	    •	    		
                                                             General	Studies	           •	   	     	    	   •	    	    •	   •	 •	      	   •	   •	
                                                             Geography	                 •	   	    •	   •	   •	   •	    •	   •	 •	     •	   •	   •		
                                                             Geology	                    	   	     	   	    •	    	     	    	 	       	    	    	            Key
                                                             German	                    •	   	     	   •	   •	   •	    •	   	 •	     •	    	   		                Via	Video	Conferencing                        *	Fee	Paying	School
                                                             Government	&	Politics	      	   	     	    	   •	   •	     	   	 •	      	   •	   	
                                                                                                                                                                   Courses	run	jointly                              AS	only
                                                             Graphics	                   	   	    •	   •	    	    	     	    	 	       	    	    		
                                                             Greek	                      	   	     	   	     	    	     	   	 	       	    	   	
                                                             Health	&	Social	Care	       	   	    •	   •	    	    	     	    	 	       	   •	    		
                                                             Applied	Health		
                                                             &	Social	Care	              	   	 	 	 •	 	 	                    	    	    	    	    	
                                                             History	                   •	   	 •	 •	 •	 •	 •	               •	   •	   •	   •	   •			
                                                             ICT	                       	    	 	 •	 •	 •	 •	                	   •	    	   •	   	
                                                             Applied	ICT	                	   	 •	 	 •	 •	 •	                 	    	    	   	    		
                                                             Italian	                   	    	 	 	 	 	 	                    	    •	   	     	    	
                                                             Latin	                     	    	 	 	 	 	 	                    	    	    	    	   		
                                                             Law	                       	    	 	 	 •	 	 	                  	    	    	   •	    	
                                                             Mathematics	               •	   	 •	 •	 •	 •	 •	               •	   •	   •	   •	   •		

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                                                                                        Minsthorpe		Community	College

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                                                                                                                                                                                         St	Wilfrid’s	Sixth	Form	College

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                                                                                                                                                                 Outwood	Grange	School

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                                                                                                                        NEW	College	Pontefract

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NEW	College	Pontefract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wakefield	College

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wakefield	College
                                                                                                                                                 Ossett	School

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               WAKEFIELD	DISTRICT	SCHOOLS	AND	COLLEGES	VOCATIONAL	COURSES	
EnvironmEnt & AnimAl CArE                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EnginEEring, ConStruCtion, mAnufACturing & SCiEnCE Cont
BTEC	First	Diploma	Animal	Care                                                                                                                                                                                               •                 City	&	Guilds	Motorcycle	Progression	
BTEC	National	Diploma		                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Award	Maintenance	Level	1                                                                                                                                                                                                     •
Animal	Management                                                                                                                                                                                                            •	                BTEC	First	Diploma	in	Construction                       •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               City	&	Guilds	Intermediate	
Art, DESign, mEDiA & CommuniCAtion                                                                                                                                                                                                             Construction	Award	Trowel	
BTEC	Introductory	Diploma	Art,	                                                                                                                                                                                                                Occupations
Design	&	Media                                                                                                                                                                                                               •                 City	&	Guilds	Intermediate	
BTEC	First	Diploma	Art	&	Design                                                                                                                                                                                              •                 Construction	Award	Wood	                                                                                                                                                                                                      •
BTEC	National	Diploma	Fine	Art                                                                                                                                                                                               •                 Occupations
BTEC	National	Diploma	Graphic	Design                                                                                                                                                                                         •                 BTEC	First	Diploma	Engineering                                                                                                                                                                                                •
BTEC	National	Diploma	in	Media	                                                                                                                                                                                                                BTEC	National	Diploma	in	Electrical	
(Games	Development)                                                                                                                                                                                                          •                 and	Electronic	Engineering/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mechanical	Engineering
BuSinESS, offiCE ADminiStrAtion & it                                                                                                                                                                                                           NVQ	Level	1	Performing	Engineering	
National	Certificate	in	Business                                                                                                                                                                                             •                 Operations                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
BTEC	First	Diploma	in	Business                          •                                                                                                                                                                    •                 NVQ	Level	2	Performing	Engineering	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Operations	(Fabrication	and	Welding)                                                                                                                                                                                          •
BTEC	National	Diploma	in	Business	
&	Management                                                                                                                                                                                                                 •                 National	Award	in	Plumbing                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
NVQ	Levels	2	&	3	Business	                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BTEC	National	Diploma	in	Science                                                              •                                                                                                •
Administration                                          •                                                                                                                                                                                      BTEC	National	Diploma	in	Applied	
BTEC	First	Diploma	ICT                                                                                                                                                                        •                                                Science	(Medical	Science)                                                                                                                                                                                                     •
BTEC	National	Diploma	ICT                                                                                                                                                                     •                              •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               HAirDrESSing & BEAuty
Diploma	in	Digital	Applications		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NVQ	Hairdressing                                         •
for	IT	users                                                                                 •                                                     •                                                                         •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NVQ	Hairdressing	Level	1                                                                      •                                                                                                •                              •
ECDL                                                                                                                                               •                                          •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NVQ	Hairdressing	Level	2                                                                                                                                                                       •                              •
Key	Skills	Level	3	ICT                                                                       •                             •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NVQ	Beauty	Therapy	Level	1                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
CISCO	Information		
Technology	Systems                                                                                                                                                                            •                                                NVQ	Beauty	Therapy	Level	2                                                                    •                                                                                                                               •
Intermediate	Certificate	in		                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NVQ	Beauty	Therapy	Level	3                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
Financial	Studies                                                                                                          •                                                                                                                   NVQ	Combined	Hair	&	Beauty	Level	1                                                                                                                                                                                            •
Certificate	in	Financial	Studies	                                                                                                                                                                                                              NVQ	Combined	Hair	&	Beauty	Level	2                                                                                                                                                                                            •
(Equvilant	to	AS)                                                                                                          •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NVQ	Beauty                                                                                    •
BTEC	First	Certificate	IT	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NVQ	Beauty	Nail	Services	and	                                                                 •
Practitioners                                           •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Indian	Head	Massage
First	Diploma	for	ICT	Practitioners                                                                                                                                                                                          •
BTEC	Introductory	Certificate	&	                                                                                                                                                                                                               HEAltH & SoCiAl CArE
Diploma	IT	at	work                                      •                                                                                                                                                                                      Introductory	Diploma	in	Health		
BTEC	First	Certificate	in	Computing                                                                                        •                                                                                                                   &	Social	Care                                                                                                                                                                                                                 •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NVQ	Health	&	Social	Care                                 •                                    •
EnginEEring, ConStruCtion, mAnufACturing & SCiEnCE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               GNVQ	Intermediate	Health		
City	&	Guilds	4101	Certificate	in	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and	Social	Care                                          •
Body	Repair	Level	1                                                                                                                                                                                                          •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BTEC	First	Diploma	Health		
Foundation	in	Motor	Vehicle	Studies                                                                                                                                                                                          •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               &	Social	Care                                                                                                                                                                                  •                              •
City	&	Guilds	4101	Certificate	in	
Motor	Vehicle	Studies	Level	1                                                                                                                                                                                                •                 OCR	Level	3	Health	&	Social	Care                                                                                                                                                               •

City	&	Guilds	4101	Motor	Vehicle	
Progression	Award	Level	2                                                                                                                                                                                                    •

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                                                                                                                      Hemsworth	Arts	&	Community	College

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hemsworth	Arts	&	Community	College
                                                                                                                                                           Minsthorpe		Community	College

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Minsthorpe		Community	College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            St	Wilfrid’s	Sixth	Form	College

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 St	Wilfrid’s	Sixth	Form	College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Outwood	Grange	School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Outwood	Grange	School
                                                                                                                                                                                           NEW	College	Pontefract

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NEW	College	Pontefract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wakefield	College

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wakefield	College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ossett	School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ossett	School

                                                               VOCATIONAL	                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         VOCATIONAL	
                                                               AWARDS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AWARDS

                                                              HEAltH & SoCiAl CArE           Cont                                                                                                                                                                                                                 muSiC & pErforming ArtS            Cont
                                                              BTEC	National	Certificate	Early	Years                                                            •                                                                                                                                                 BTEC	National	Diploma	Performing	
                                                              BTEC	First	Diploma	Childrens	Care	                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Arts	(Drama)                                                                                                                                                                                        •
                                                              Learning	&	Development	(Early	Years)                                                             •                                                                                                •                                                BTEC	First	Diploma	Performing		
                                                              CACHE	Certificate	in	Childcare		                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Arts	(Music)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       •
                                                              &	Education	                                                                                                                                                                                                                      •                 BTEC	National	Diploma	Music	Technology                                                                                                                                                                                             •
                                                              CACHE	Diploma	in	Childcare	&	Education                                                                                                                                                                                            •                 BTEC	National	Diploma	In	Music	Practice                                                                                                                                                                                            •
                                                              National	Certificate	in	Early	Years                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BTEC	Introductory	Diploma	in	
                                                              CACHE	Foundation	Award	in		                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Performing	Arts                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
                                                              Caring	for	Children                                                                                                                                                                                                               •                 BTEC	National	Certificate	in		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Musical	Theatre                               •
                                                              HoSpitAlity & CAtEring
                                                              Catering	&	Hospitality:	Hospitality	                                                                                                                                                                                                                puBliC SErviCES
                                                              Multi-Skilled	NVQ	Level	1                                                                                                                                                                                                         •                 BTEC	First	Diploma	Public	Services                                                                •                                                                                                                               •
                                                              Catering	&	Hospitality:	Professional	                                                                                                                                                                                                               BTEC	National	Diploma	Public	Services                                                             •                                                                                                                               •
                                                              Cookery	&	Food	and	Drink	Service	                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BTEC	National	Certificate	Public	Services	                                                         •
                                                              NVQ	Level	2                                                                                                                                                                                                                       •
                                                              Catering	&	Hospitality:	Front	Office	                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sport, lEiSurE, trAvEl & touriSm
                                                              (Hotel	Reception	&	Restaurant)		                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BTEC	National	Award	in	Sport                                                                                                                                              •
                                                              NVQ	Level	2                                                                                                                                                                                                                       •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	National	Diploma	in	Sports		
                                                              Catering	&	Hospitality:	Hospitality	                                                                                                                                                                                                                &	Exercise	Sciences                                                                                                                                                                                                                •
                                                              Supervision	NVQ	Level	3                                                                                                                                                                                                           •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OCR	National	Certificate	in	Sport                                                                                                                                                                                                  •
                                                              Catering	&	Hospitality:	Professional	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Introduction	to	Sport		
                                                              Cookery	&	Food	and	Drink	Service	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  &	Public	Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                  •
                                                              NVQ	Level	3                                                                                                                                                                                                                       •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	National	Certificate	in	Sports	
                                                              Catering	Skills	Intermediate	Certificate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Development	Coaching	&	Fitness                                                                                                                                                                                                     •
                                                              BTEC	National	Diploma	In	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	National	Diploma	Sport	
                                                              Hospitality	Supervision	                                                                                                                                                                                                          •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Development	Coaching	&	Fitness                                                                                                                                                                                                     •
                                                              BTEC	First	Diploma	Hospitality	&	Catering                    •                                                                                                                                                                                      BTEC	National	Diploma	in	Sport                                                                                                                                                                      •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	National	Certificate	in	Sport	                                                               •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	National	Certificate	in	Travel	
                                                              E2E	(Entry	to	Employment)                                                                                                                                                                                                         •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  &	Tourism                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •
                                                              Key	Skills                                                   •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	First	Diploma	in	Travel	&	Tourism	                                                                                                                                                             •                              •
                                                              Transition                                                                                        •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	National	Diploma	in	Travel		
                                                              Lifelines                                                                                                                                                                                                                         •                 &	Tourism                                                                                                                                                                                           •                              •
                                                              Access	to	Independence                                                                                                                                                                                                            •                 NVQ	Leisure	&	Tourism                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OCR	Key	Skills	Communication	Level	2                                                               •
                                                              mAtHEmAtiCS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         BTEC	National	Award	in	Sport                                                                       •
                                                              Mathematics	OCR	Key	Skills                                                                        •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  StuDEntS witH lEArning DiffiCultiES
                                                              muSiC & pErforming ArtS                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BTEC	Certificate	in	Life	Skills	Entry	
                                                              National	Certificate	in	Performing	                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Level	1                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •
                                                              Arts	(Drama)                                                                                                                                                             •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	Certificate	in	Life	Skills	Entry	
                                                              BTEC	First	Diploma	Performing	Arts	                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Level	2                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •
                                                              (Performance)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTEC	Certificate	in	Life	Skills	Entry	
                                                              BTEC	National	Diploma	Performing	                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Level	3                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •
                                                              Arts	(Dance)                                                                                                                                                                                       •                              •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NVQ	Preparation	for	Work                                                                           •

                                                               Key           Courses	run	jointly
                                                                                                                                                                                     To	the	best	of	our	knowledge	all	information	is	correct	at	time	of	printing
                                                                                                                                                                  Distribution, warehousing & storage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fabrication & welding
                                                                                                Catering & hospitality
                              Accounting & finance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Electrical installation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Health & social care
                                                                                                                         Carpentry & joinery

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trowel occupations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Veterinary nursing
                                                                                                                                               Customer service

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Early years care

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sport & leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Motor vehicle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Team leading

                                                                      Animal care


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Horse care

(from	Wakefield		

Common	Prospectus)

A4E                                                    •                                                                                         •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WAKEFIELD	DISTRICT	TRAINING	PROVISION	INFORMATION
A	&	R	Training	Services                                                                                                                          •                                                         •                                                                                                 •                                                                              •
Age	Concern                                                                                                                                                                                                •                                                                                                 •
Best                                                   •                                                                                         •                     •                                                                                                                                                                       •                                            •                           •
Business	Training	Co                                   •                                                                                         •                     •
City	Training	Services          •                      •                             •                                     •                     •                                                         •                   •                       •               •                                                                                          •               •
CMS	Vocational	Training                                •                                                                                         •                     •                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
College	of		Animal	Welfare                                             •                                                                         •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •
Dimensions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   •
FTC	Kaplan                      •
Future-Wize                     •                      •                                                                                         •                                                                                                                                                                                             •
Hargreaves                                                                                                                                                             •                                                                                                                                                                                          •
JHP	Training                                           •                                                                                         •                     •                                   •                                                                                                 •                                 •     •                                      •                           •
Key	Training                                           •                                                                                         •                                                                                                                                                                                             •     •
Learning	Innovations	Team                              •                                                                                         •                                                                                                                                                                                             •
Leeds	Training	Trust                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   •               •
Mark	Betts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   •
Philips                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      •
Protocol                                               •                                           •                                             •                                                                                                                                           •                                                                                              •
Rathbone                                                                                                                                                                                                   •
RWE	Npower                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •
Stubbing	Court                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     •
VT	Training                                            •                                           •                                             •                     •                                                                                                                                     •                                                                              •          •                •
Wakefield	College               •                      •                             •             •                       •                                                                                                   •                       •                                     •                                                                    •               •
Wakefield	MDC                                          •                             •                                                                                                                                                                 •                                                     •                                                    •               •                    •                                •
YH	training                     •                      •                                                                                         •                     •                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
Zenos                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •

    In	2006	18.9%	of	Year	11	leavers	went	into	jobs	or	training


    1.	 Skilled	trades	                                                                                                                                                                                 6.	 Clerical/Secretarial
    2.		 Hairdressing	&	related	occupations                                                                                                                                                             7.	 Vehicle	trades	
    3.	 Sales                                                                                                                                                                                           8.	 Electrical/Electronic
    4.		 Catering                                                                                                                                                                                       9.	 Protective	Services
    5.	 Childcare	&	related	occupations                                                                                                                                                                 10.	Skilled	Engineering

    but	Year	11	leavers	also	went	into	jobs	in	textiles,	healthcare	&	management.
    The	great	majority	of	occupations	are	suitable	for	either	gender.	Consider	all	your	possible
    options	and	do	not	let	your	career	choice	be	limited	by	gender	stereotyping.

                                                                  To	the	best	of	our	knowledge	all	information	is	correct	at	time	of	printing
                   Schools in the Wakefield                        Colleges in Neighbouring                                                Leeds	College	of	Technology
                                                                                                                                          Cookridge	Street,	Leeds	LS2	8BL
                   area offering Post 16 Options                   Area offering Post 16 Options                                          T:	0113	297	6464
                   Ackworth	School                                 Askham	Bryan	College                                                   W.
                   Ackworth,	Pontefract	WF7	7LT                    Askham	Bryan,	York	YO23	3FR
                   T:	01977	611401                                 T:	01904	772277                                                         Park	Lane	College
                   E:                E:                                        Park	Lane,	Leeds	LS3	1AA
                   W:                       W.                                              T:	0845	045	7275
                   Cathedral	School                                Barnsley	College                                                       W.
                   Thornes	Road,	Wakefield	WF2	8QF                 Church	Street,	Barnsley	S70	2YW
                   T:	01924	303740                                 T:	01226	216267                                                         Selby	College
                   E:                       E:                                   Abbot’s	Road,	Selby	Y08	8AT
                                                                   W.                                                  T:	01757	211000

                   Hemsworth	Arts	&	Community	College                                                                                     E:
                                                                   Bradford	College                                                       W.
                   Station	Road,	Hemsworth	WF9	4HW
                   T:	01977	624220                                 Great	Horton	Road,	Bradford	BD7	1AY
                   E:         T:	01274	433333                                                         Leeds	Thomas	Danby
                   W.               W.                                           Roundhay	Road	Leeds	LS7	3BG
                                                                                                                                          T:	0113	249	4912
                   Minsthorpe	Community	College                    Dewsbury	College                                                       E:
                   Minsthorpe	Lane,	South	Elmsall	WF9	2UJ          Halifax	Road,	Dewsbury	WF13	2AS                                        W.
                   T:	01977	723810                                 T:	01924	436221
                   E:        E:
                   W.         w.
                                                                                                                                          Training Providers
                   New	College,	Park	Lane                          Doncaster	College
                   Pontefract	WF8	4QR                              The	Hub,	Chappell	Drive,	Doncaster	DN1	2RF                              A	&	R	Training	Services	Ltd
                   T:	01977	702139                                 T:	0800	358	7575
                                                                                                                                          Euro	House,	Chantry	Bridge,		
                   E:            E:
                                                                                                                                          Navigation	Road,	Wakefield	WF1	5PQ
                   W.                        W.
                                                                                                                                          T:	01924	298535
                   Ossett	School	&	Sixth	Form	College              Greenhead	College
                                                                                                                                           Action	for	Employment	(A4E)	lTD
                   Storrs	Hill	Road,	Ossett,	Wakefield	WF5	0DG     Greenhead	Road,	Huddersfield	HD1	4ES
                                                                                                                                          2nd	Floor	Raines	House,		
                   T:	01924	302830                                 T:	01484	422032
                                                                                                                                          Denby	Dale	Road,	Wakefield	WF	1	1HL
                   E:   E:
                                                                                                                                          T:	01924	332253
                   W.                       W:
                   Outwood	Grange	College                          Huddersfield	New	College
                   Potovens	Lane,	Outwood,	Wakefield	WF1	2PF       New	Hey	Road                                                            Age	Concern	Training	
                   T:	01924	303815                                 Huddersfield
                                                                                                                                          Wakefield	Training	Centre,		
                   E:           HD3	4GL
                                                                                                                                          The	Dancer,	8	Peterson	Road,	Wakefield	WF1	4EB
                   W.           01484	652341
                                                                                                                                          T:	01924	371199
                   Queen	Elizabeth	Grammar	School        
                   154	Northgate,	Wakefield	WF1	3QX                                                                                        Best	Ltd	(Wakefield)
                                                                   Huddersfield	Technical	College
                   T:	01924	373943
                                                                                                                                          Marygate	House,	Silver	Street,	Wakefield	WF1	1UY
                   E:                     New	North	Road,	Huddersfield	HD1	5NN
                                                                                                                                          T:	01924	298666
                   W.                              T:	01484	536521
                   Silcoates	School                                W.
                   Wrenthorpe,	Wakefield	WF2	OPD                                                                                           Business	Training	Company	(Yorkshire)	Ltd
                                                                   Joseph	Priestley	College
                   T:	01924	291614
                                                                                                                                          Jubilee	Mill,	North	Street,	Bradford	BD1	4EW
                   E:                        Alec	Beevers	Centre,	Burton	Avenue,	Beeston,	
                                                                                                                                          T:	01274	772	820
                   W.                    Leeds	LS11	5ER
                                                                   T:	0113	307	6111
                   St	Wilfred’s	Catholic	High	School		             E:
                                                                                                                                           City	Training	Services
                   &	Sixth	Form	and	Language	College               W.
                                                                                                                                          39-41	Chapel	Street,	Little	Germany,		
                   Cutsyke	Road,	Featherstone	WF7	6BD
                                                                   Leeds	College	of	Art	&	Design                                          Bradford	BD1	5BY
                   T:	01977	691000
                                                                                                                                          T:	01274	728316
                   E:           Jacob	Kramer	Building,	Blenheim	Walk,		
                   W.             Leeds	LS2	9AQ
                                                                   T:	0113	202	8000
                   Wakefield	College	Centres	at:                   E:
                                                                                                                                           CMS	Vocational	Training	Ltd
                   •		 akefield	Campus,	Margaret	Street,		
                                                                                                                                          Melrose	House,	14	Highfields	Road,		
                     Wakefield	WF1	2DH
                                                                   Leeds	College	of	Building                                              Huddersfield	HD1	5LP
                   •		 hornes	Park	Campus,	Thornes	Park,		                                                                                T:	01484	425890
                     Wakefield	WF2	8QZ                             North	Street,	Leeds	LS2	7QT
                                                                   T:	0113	222	6000
                   •		 hitwood	Campus,	Four	Lanes	Ends,		
                     W                                                                                                                    W:
                     Whitwood,	Castleford	WF10	5NF                 W.
                   T:	01924	789789                                                                                                         College	of	Animal	Welfare
                   E:                   Leeds	College	of	Music                                                 MyPetShop	Pet	Resort	&	Care	Centre,		
                   W.                                                                                                 Topcliffe	Close,	Capitol	Park,	Tingley	WF3	1BU
                                                                   3	Quarry	Hill,	Leeds	LS2	7PD
                                                                                                                                          T:	0870	062	1155
                                                                   T:	0113	222	3400
                   Wakefield	Girl’s	High	School                                                                                           E:
                   Wentworth	Street,	Wakefield	WF1	2QS                                                                                    W:
                   T:	01924	372490
                                                                    To	the	best	of	our	knowledge	all	information	is	correct	at	time	of	printing
Dimensions	Training	Solutions                              Leeds	Training	Trust                                                  VT	Training
Archway	House,	Langdale	Road,	Barnsley	S71	1AQ            Mitchell	House,	139	Richardshaw	Lane,		                                65	Scarisbrick	New	Road,	Southport,		
T:	01226	730112                                           Pudsey,	Leeds	LS28	6AA                                                 Merseyside	PR8	6LF
E:               T:	0013255	2417                                                        T:	01704	502222
W:                   E:                                                    E:
                                                          W:                                                      W:
FTC	Kaplan
                                                           Mark	Betts                                                            Wakefield	College
49	St	Paul’s	Street,	Leeds	LS1	2TE
T:	0113	245	7455                                          8-10	Corporation	Street,	Dewsbury	WF13	1QL                             Margaret	Street,	Wakefield	WF1	2DH
E:                               T:	01924	485868                                                        T:	01924	789111
W:                                                                                                             E:
                                                           Philips	Hair	Salons                                                   W:
                                                          7	Providence	Street,	Wakefield	WF1	3BG																
BBIC,	Snydale	Road,	Cudworth,	Barnsley	S72	8RP            T:	01924	200940
                                                                                                                                 Wakefield	MDC
T:	01226	780093                                           E:

                                                                                                                                                                                USEFUL	ADDRESSES
E:                           W:                                         Corporate	Learning	&	Development,		
W:                                                                                                         Young	People	Development,	Room	231,		
                                                           Protocol	Skills                                                       County	Hall,	Wakefield	WF1	2BR
Hargreaves	Training	Services	Ltd.                                                                                                T:	01924	305577
                                                          Unit	9A,	Redbrook	Business	Park,	Wilthorpe	Road,	
                                                                                                                                 E:	learning&
Unit	3,	Glover	way,	Parkside	Industrial	Estate,	          Barnsley	S75	1JN
Leeds	LS11	5JP                                            T:	01226	209402
T:	0113	270	1188                                          E:
                                                                                                                                  YH	Training	Services	Ltd
E:                  W:
W:                                                                                                    1st	Floor,	Pearl	Assurance	House,		
                                                           Rathbone	                                                             John	William	Street,	Huddersfield	HD1	1BA
JHP	Training                                                                                                                     T:	01484	515156
                                                          2nd	Floor,	Exchange	House,	Queen	Street,	
15	Pavilions	Business	Park,	Royds	Hall	Road,	             Wakefield	WF1	1JR
Leeds	LS12	6AJ                                            T:	01924	299097
T:	0113	203	8453                                          E:
E:                         W:
W:	                                                                                                          Unit	2,	The	Gateway,	Friars	Way,		
                                                           RWE	NPower                                                            Silkwood	Park,	Wakefield	WF5	9CJ
Key	Training	Services                                                                                                            T:	01924	278205
                                                          Learning	&	Development,	TSG	Ferrybridge,		
6-10	Gills	Yard,	Northgate,	Wakefield	WF1	3BZ             Great	North	Road,	Knottingley	WF11	8RR
T:	01924	370814                                           T:	01977	632333
E:                         E:
                                                           Stubbing	Court	Training	Ltd
Learning	Innovations	Training	Team	Ltd
                                                          Ashgate	Cottage,	Old	Brampton,		
Circle	House,	Lady	Lane,	Leeds	LS2	7LP                    Chesterfield	S42	7JE
T:	0113	243	8555                                          T:	01246	566193
E:                           E:

  Destinations	of	Year	11	Leavers	2006	West	Yorkshire

                                                   Not	known	(4.35	%)
                                                                                                                       Voluntary	Work	(1.17%)

    Still	trying	to	get	a	job	(7.14	%)
                                                                                                                                         Stayed	on	as	a	student	(68.48%)

                                                                                                                                         AS	&	A2	                     34.49	%
 Started	work-based	training	(2.68	%)	/                                                                                                  Applied	A	Levels             8.57	%
 Employment	with	training	(11.60	%)                                                                                                      NVQ	Level	3                  2.14	%
                                                                                                                                         Level	2	courses		            11.10	%
                                                                                                                                         e.g.	GNVQ	Intermediate,		
                                                                                                                                         NVQ	Level	2,	GCSEs
    Doing	a	part-time	job	(1.78	%)                                                                                                       Level	1	courses		            4.53	%
                                                                                                                                         e.g.	GNVQ	Foundation,		
                                                                                                                                         NVQ	Level	1
                                                                                                                                         Other	courses                2.42	%

                                                                                                                                         PT	education                 0.23	%

                 Started	work	(2.79	%)

                                                   To	the	best	of	our	knowledge	all	information	is	correct	at	time	of	printing
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Wakefield	WF1	2ED             Tel:	(01977)	552824		          Tel:	(01977)	690667		         Westfield	Lane,		
Tel:	(01924)	371579		         Fax:	(01977)	668120            Fax:	(01977)	690644           South	Elmsall,	
Fax:	(01924)	371540            	                                                           Pontefract	WF9	2PU
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The	information	contained	in	this	guide	was	correct	at	the	time	of	publication	in	October	2007.	The	Guidance	Enterprises	Group,	a	part	of		
VT	Education	and	Skills	provides	a	statutory	careers	service	within	Connexions	and	Information,	Advice	and	Guidance	for	adults	on	learning	and	
work.	It	delivers	Careers	education	and	guidance	services	across	the	City	of	Wakefield	Metropolitan	District,	the	City	of	York	and	the	county	of	North	
Yorkshire	working	in	schools,	colleges	and	the	local	community	to	provide	local	people	with	a	high	quality	and	impartial	service.
Cash Conundrums
if you’rE staying on as a studEnt...                                    Learner Support Funds
                                                                        In addition to EMAs, if you decide to stay on full-time at school or
                                                                        college, you may be able to get financial help with travel costs or
Just because you’re getting older and moving                            living costs, if you have to live away from home because it’s too far
on from compulsory education, it doesn’t                                to travel daily to do your course.
mean that you’ve suddenly got to fend for                               Learner Support Funds are for students aged 16 and over
yourself financially. FE can be pricey, so there                        to help with the costs of taking further education courses. These
are various methods for funding your studies                            costs can include paying for books and equipment, extras like
and to help you out.                                                    visits or field trips and emergencies affecting
                                                                        your living or learning.
Here’s some information on different methods                            Colleges and schools give priority to those in greatest need, such
of obtaining funding.                                                   as students with disabilities or those leaving care. You can get
                                                                        more information from the Student Support Officer at your school
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)                                   or college, your local education authority or visit:
EMA is a weekly payment of £10, £20 or £30 a week depending
on your household income. The money is intended to help with            City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
day-to-day costs when you stay on at school, college or training
provider. From April 2006, EMA has been extended to those
young people on a LSC-funded E2E course or taking a learning
programme that leads to an apprenticeship.                              with	all	of	these,	your	parents	will	still	receive	child	benefit.
It is paid directly into your bank account if you stay on in learning   Care to Learn
at school or college after your GCSEs, and is available during term     The aim of Care to Learn is to give financial support to teenage
time for any academic or vocational course (up to level 3) which        parents (including dads) who want to continue their education or
involves at least 12 hours of guided learning per week.                 training, and who need help with the cost of
If you’re entitled, you’ll receive you EMA payment every week of        their childcare.
your course as long as you turn up and show commitment to your          If you are a parent aged under 20, and in learning or training you
learning programme. Most young people will be able to get EMA           may be able to get help with childcare costs. You can find out
for two to three years depending on how long they need to finish
                                                                        more at
their learning.
And you could also get bonuses of £100 depending on the progress
you make with your learning programme, and if you come back for         if you’rE starting work...
a second year that’s £500 potential extra money over the two years.
                                                                        As an apprentice, trainee or employee, you’ll be
Around half of all 16, 17 or 18 year-olds learning in England should    getting paid.
be able to get EMA if they meet the following criteria:
                                                                        What’s the National Minimum Wage?
• The household income is up to £30,810 per year                        The Government has announced an increase to the National
• They meet residency criteria                                          Minimum Wage rates from October 2006. The rates will be:
• They are doing, or applying to do, at least 12 hours in a guided        £5.05 per hour for workers aged 22 and over
  learning programme in school sixth forms, sixth form colleges,
                                                                          £4.45 per hour for workers aged 18-21 inclusive
  Further Education colleges or at a training provider. This includes
  a wide range of learning programmes, an LSC-funded E2E                  £3.30 per hour for workers aged 16 and 17.
  course or a course that leads to an Apprenticeship, up to and
                                                                        How many hours can I work?
  including level 3, such as AS/2, GCSEs, GNVQs, NVQs and other
  vocational qualifications.                                            If you’re aged 16 or 17 you can’t be required to work more
                                                                        than 40 hours per week, or more than 8 hours per day.
• They are doing an LSC-funded E2E course or a course                   You should also be given at least 2 days off per week.
  that leads to an Apprenticeship with a training provider.             If you want to take a part-time job whilst still at school,
And remember….                                                          contact your local Connexions Centre to find out what’s legal
EMA will not affect any other benefits your family might get. It’s      if you’re under School Leaving Age.
paid on top of any other support provided by the government, or
                                                                        What about Apprentices?
any earnings from your part-time job.
                                                                        Apprentices aged 16 and 17 will be exempt from the new
For the academic year 2007/2008                                         young workers Minimum Wage.
 If your household income is:                                           Most apprentices are employed by a business and are paid a
 Up to £20,817 per year               You get £30 per week              salary that reflects their skills, experience, age and ability.
 £20,818 - £25,521 per year           You get £20 per week
                                                                        What about E2E?
 £25, 522 - £30, 810 per year         You get £10 per week              If you’re doing E2E or certain other training programmes,
find out more at                                 (E2V) you get a training allowance.                                                                                              Sorted!             15
• Drugs and Alcohol
• Law, Your Rights
  and Citizenship
• Money Matters
 • Personal Safety
 • Relationships
   & Sexual Health
                                       LifestyLe Zone
 • Mental Health
                                                                                        Illegal Drugs
 • Smoking                                                                              Under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971), illegal drugs fall into three
                                                                                        classes A, B and C. Each class of drugs carries different penalties
                                                                                        for possession and supply.
                                The term ‘drugs’ covers lots of substances, some
                                of which are legal, such as medicines prescribed
    drugs (including alcohol)

                                                                                        Solvents are every day products such as glue, aerosol sprays,
                                by doctors, over the counter medicines, nicotine
                                                                                        cleaning fluids, paint, petrol and butane gas. Solvent abuse is very
                                in tobacco, alcohol, volatile substances (glues and
                                                                                        dangerous and can kill first time.
                                solvents) and others that are illegal, for example
                                cannabis, heroin, ecstasy and cocaine.                  Alcohol
                                                                                        Alcohol is a legal drug that depresses the brain; using alcohol can
                                A drug may be thought of as a substance which,
                                                                                        make you feel relaxed. However, just because alcohol is legal does
                                when used, alters the mind, body, feelings, senses,
                                                                                        not mean it is harmless. In fact liver damage in girls has trebled
                                perceptions or behaviour of the user. Some
                                                                                        in recent years, suicides in young men have doubled and hospitals
                                substances are physically addictive, meaning that
                                                                                        are treating people for alcohol-related illnesses at a much earlier
                                once repeatedly used, the body actually craves for
                                                                                        age than ever before in our history. Drinking alcohol carries serious
                                the substance to be used regularly. Other substances
                                                                                        health risks.
                                may be psychologically addictive in that the person
                                using it thinks, believes and feels that they need to   1 unit          ½ pint of average strength beer (not strong stuff)
                                continue using the drug even though there is            of alcohol =    a small glass of wine
                                no physical need to do so.                                              a standard pub measure of spirits
                                                                                                        a standard measure of fortified wine, sherry or port
                  Taking drugs that are not prescribed by your doctor
                  or are used without considering the guidelines and                    Adult women choosing to use alcohol are advised not to have more
                  instructions outlined on the packet could be                          than 2-3 units a day, (and preferably none at all if pregnant) and
                  very harmful. Medicines have to be extensively                        adult men, 3-4 units a day. The units should not be saved up for a
                  researched, tested and licensed for use and yet they                  weekend binge! Drinking should be spaced out over the week and
                  can, for some people, still cause problems. That’s                    there should be alcohol-free days to allow the liver and the rest of
                  because every person is different and there’s a fine                  the body to recover. After all alcohol is an inTOXICant!
                  balance between the benefits a drug can bring and                     There is also much evidence to show that when under the influence
                  the possible side effects from using it. The effects of               of alcohol (or other drugs) the chances of people taking other risks,
                  a drug depend not just on the drug, but on the                        (including having sex), and regretting them later, is greatly increased.
     person using it, how they use it and how often they use the drug                   So remember, alcohol can and does kill and also can lead to other
     and where they are at the time. With illegal drugs there is no                     risky or anti-social behaviour, all of which are good reasons for
     testing or licensing and no one knows what’s in the drug despite                   treating it with huge respect, and staying in control.
     whatever name is given to it. The benefits and risks are therefore
                                                                                        Changes to the Licensing Act 2003, coming into force in November
     impossible to predict accurately.
                                                                                        2005, make some changes to the law on alcohol and young people.
     Everyone has a choice. Everyone has a responsibility for making
                                                                                        From November 2005 it will be:
     choices about the role of drugs in their life (including medicines,
     tobacco and alcohol), but the consequences of any decision affect                  • illegal for anyone on licensed premises to sell alcohol to
     family, friends and the wider society. Make sure you make the                        anyone under 18 years of age
     right one.                                                                         • illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to buy or attempt
                                                                                          to buy alcohol on licensed premises
                                                                                        • illegal to send anyone under 18 years of age to buy alcohol
                                                                                          from licensed premises except under direction of a police
                                                                                          officer or a Trading Standards officer
                                                                                        • illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to knowingly consume
                                                                                          alcohol on licensed premises. However, 16 and 17 year olds
                                                                                          can buy beer, wine or cider providing that it is to be consumed
                                                                                          with a table meal served on the premises AND someone aged
                                                                                          18 or over is accompanying them
                                                                                        • illegal for anyone under 16 years of age to be on relevant*
                                                                                          licensed premises, including beer gardens, terraces etc, unless
                                                                                          accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over.
                                                                                        (*“Relevant” means pubs and clubs that are essentially for drinking where there
                                                                                        are no restaurant or food facilities.)
                                                                  ool or College and
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   To be treated equally is a basic right for everyone - If you feel that
   someone is not treating you as an equal or if you feel that others
   are getting better treatment, you have a right to complain. Talk to
   friends or family, contact your local Connexions Centre or visit your
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                                                                          staYing safe
 Personal safetY
Personal safety is something you should be aware of. Don’t let the
                                                                           • If you are being followed – go to the nearest shop/pub/petrol
                                                                             station and call someone to pick you up. If this is not an option,
                                                                             walk confidently and plan an escape strategy just in case.
fear of crime stop you from ever going anywhere, but do be aware
of the things you can do to stop yourself becoming a victim.               • Buses and trains - when travelling at night on a bus, sit
                                                                             downstairs where you can enlist the help of the driver if
A safe night out                                                             necessary. Sit in a train carriage with as many other people
• Know your limits and stick to them - if you feel you’ve had enough         as possible and if you are in danger, don’t hesitate to pull the
  to drink, don’t let anyone fob you off with “just one more won’t           communication cord.
  hurt“. Alcohol can make you do things you wouldn’t normally do
  and can make you an easy target.
                                                                           If you feel unwell see your GP or Practice nurse, or get advice from
• Keep an eye on your drink - if someone buys you a drink, go to           your local pharmacist or NHS Direct. Don’t ignore symptoms that
  the bar with them and make sure you know what you’re getting.            make you feel ill.
  If you think your drink may have been spiked don’t drink it! Keep
                                                                           NHS Direct 0845 46 47 – NHS Direct gives you 24 hour access to
  your drink with you – bottles are easier to dance with than glasses
                                                                           information and advice about health, illness and health services.
  (and harder to slip something into).
                                                                           NHS Direct can also give you information on your local health
• Look out for your friends - keep an eye on them if they’ve been          services including a late night pharmacist, out of hour dentists and
  drinking. If you go out with your friends, go home with them too.        support groups. You can also contact NHS Direct online at www.
  OK – maybe you’ve met a man/woman of your dreams, but take     
  their number and call the next day. If you do split up make sure
  you know where everyone should be and check in with each other
  regularly. If one of you does go back to someone’s house, make
  sure the rest of you have the address, just in case. Don’t ever                                       Sex for the fir
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  accept a lift home from a stranger. Catch a licensed cab – the only                                  Sometimes it
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                                                                                               • Stay away from situations that would normally encourage you
                                                                                                 to smoke

         Mental health                                                                         • Do things that distract you – chew sugar free gum
                                                                                               • If you get a strong urge to smoke – don’t give in – take some
       Mental Health is something that we all have. Feeling depressed,                           deep breaths, drink juice, eat fruit. The craving will pass.
       anxious or worried and not really knowing why, is something that
                                                                                               Keeping it up
       many people experience. Sometimes
                                                                                               • Keep reminding yourself why you’re giving it up. Think positive
       it passes on its own; sometimes
                                                                                                 and stay determined
       we need some extra help.
       Talking to family and friends can                                                       • Don’t be tempted to smoke ‘just’ one cigarette – it will probably
       help, but you might also want to                                                          lead to another and another and…
       see your GP or tell your local                                                          • Don’t give up giving up – call the smoking helpline on
       young persons’ counselling                                                                0800 169 0169.
       service or a Connexions
                                                                                               You are more likely to stop smoking for good if you get the right
       Personal Adviser if you
                                                                                               support. It can be four times more successful than just trying on
       feel any of the following:
                                                                                               your own. The NHS offers a free service for smokers who wish to
       • Can’t sleep                                                                           stop. You can find out more by asking at your GP’s surgery, talking
       • Can’t concentrate                                                                     to someone at the chemist, or ringing the Wakefield Stop Smoking
       • Not eating properly                                                                      Service on 01977 465449.
       • Can’t relax
       • Feel worried or down
         all the time
       • Frequent indigestion
       • Smoking and
         drinking too much.
                    H ow to LEARN a
                                            money gives
  Let’s face it, IN THIS DAY AND AGE having
                                            liver. LIKE IT OR
  you options that being penniless can’t de
                                                of what type
  NOT many people judge others on the basis EARN. This
  of job they have and HOW MUCH MONEY TH
                                            ng to know your
  may not be a good thing in terms of getti
                                              iritual plane.
  fellow human beings on a higher, more sp
                                            gging trees and
  THAT SAID, short of growing your hair, hu
                                              TY MUCH the
  joining a commune in Dorset THIS IS PRET
  only game in town.
  However, we are living in a material world, so               It’s a fact that the better your qualifications are,
  we’ve just got to live with it and do the best that          the more likely you are to get a job, earn more,
  we can in our careers.                                       gain promotion and enjoy what you are doing.
  Most importantly you should choose something                 However, not everyone wants to stay on in
  which you enjoy, have an interest in and are good            full-time education to gain more qualifications,
  at, but you should also consider whether or not              some prefer to be out there in the world of work
  the career is realistic in terms of your financial           making money - SO - it’s very important to make
  ambitions for the future. Let’s face facts, if               sure that when you do start working you have
  your dream is to have three houses and a                     the chance to carry on learning as well.
  villa in Spain, then delivering pizzas should
  probably not be your lifelong career plan.

        CASE STUDY                  Matthew s Story

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and MA KE CASH !
                                             th e op ti on s
 H er e’s so m e IN FO an d TO P TI P S on                     TH EM ...
               av ai la ble to yo u an d H O W TO A C H IE V E
 gEt a Job with training...                                           Hopefully all this info
  Check the ads to see what training is being offered                will be helpful to you
   as part of the job package
  At interviews, ask about the training you’ll get and
                                                                      in making a choice
   what qualifications you’ll be working towards                      that is right for you...
  You could join an Apprenticeship programme -
   you’ll be guaranteed first rate training leading to
   NVQ qualifications
  With NVQ Level 3 you would be leaving your options
   open - you could still go to university later if you want
   to. Check university prospectuses or publications
   listed in this mag to see if any other qualifications
   are needed too
  You could even be entitled to paid time off away from
   your job to work towards a qualification.

 timE off for study or training...
 	 	f you are 16 or 17, and haven’t got 5 GCSEs at grades
    A-C or NVQ Level 2, or GNVQ Intermediate or any
    other Level 2 qualification, you can get time off from
    your normal job to work towards a qualification and
    still get paid
  Although the qualification you go for must help you in
    your future career, it doesn’t have to be connected to
    the job you’re currently doing.
 For more info check out thIS website:

 apprEnticEships - rEal work, rEal pay...
 Being an Apprentice means that you have a real job,
 with real pay, and you know that you’ll get the support
 you need to get an NVQ qualification. There are two
 levels of Apprenticeship for apprentices and
 advanced apprentices.
  Apprenticeships usually last a year and apprentices
   work towards a National Vocational Qualification at
   Level 2, Key Skills and in most cases a technical certificate.
  Advanced Apprenticeships usually last two years
   and apprentices work towards a National Vocational
   Qualification at Level 3, Key Skills and a technical certificate
  You’ll be doing some learning off-the-job too. This may
   be at a college, training centre or within the company.
 For more info check out thIS website:

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 If you’re BURSTING W
 this magazine, thinkin
  Never fear! Just because you
  don’t feel ready to continue
  full-time studies yet or
  you’re not ready to choose
  a job, IT DOESN’T MEAN
  are plenty of worthwhile
  things that you could
  be getting up to in the

               A DY

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    fo r any o f this!

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If you’ve decided that you’re not going to study full-time at the moment and
you’re not ready or haven’t been able to find a job, what else could you do to
make use of your time instead of vegetating on the sofa?

voluntary work...
 Volunteering lets you get involved    You also benefit by meeting new        The Prince’s Trust runs 12 or 26
  in things you care about and do        people, gaining valuable work           week Volunteer programmes for
  something that’s lasting and           experience, practising your skills      16 to 25 year-olds. You tackle
  worthwhile. That may sound a bit       and developing new ones                 projects that will help the local
  soppy to you now, but believe me      Having voluntary work on your           community, but on the way you
  it’s very rewarding, both for you      CV shows that you have that             develop the skills, confidence and
  and the people that you help           ‘something extra’ - that you            personal qualities you need to be
 Around 22 million people a year        show initiative, are dependable,        successful in the world of work.
  do voluntary work amounting to a       have something useful to                Two out of three young people
  whopping 90 million hours a week,      contribute and can stick at             move into a job or course at the
  so you wouldn’t be on your own!        something you start                     end of the programme.
 There are plenty of opportunities     Millennium Volunteers (MV) runs
  out there that are particularly        a range of projects for 16 to 24      For more info on these and
                                         year-old volunteers. You get          other projects, check out
  suited to young people - sports                                              these websites:
  coaching, mentoring or befriending     a certificate when you have
  other young people, conservation,      completed 100 hours of voluntary      w
  working with children or the           work and an Award of Excellence,      w
  elderly and many more                  signed by the Secretary of State,     w
                                         for doing 200 hours in a year         w

giving it a go...                      Entry to EmploymEnt                       All learners on an E2E
                                       (callEd ‘E2E’ for short)...                programme get a training
 It’s possible that you may be
                                                                                  allowance. You have to be between
  able to get work experience          This is a learning programme to
                                                                                  16 and 18 to get on the course but
  and do “taster” sessions to find     help you get ready for employment,
                                                                                  there is no restriction on how long
  out what training and courses        education or training if you need
                                                                                  you can take to complete it
  are like                             more support and don’t feel ready
                                       to take more qualifications or enter      You will be helped at each
 Ask at your local Connexions
                                       employment just yet. E2E can help          stage by a Connexions Personal
  Centre to find out what’s on offer
                                       you gain qualifications to get a job,      Adviser. Visit your local
 You may get a training               or to move on to an Apprenticeship.        Connexions Centre to find out
  allowance too.                                                                  about availability of courses
                                                                                  in your area.

                                                                               This programme offers a chance to
                                                                               learn about the world of work and
                                                                               training to young people aged 16-18
                                                                               who are not currently in training,
                                                                               education or employment. It is aimed
                                                                               at those young people for whom E2E
                                                                               is not suitable, and is about offering
                                                                               young people a wide range of
                                                                               hands-on activities to motivate
                                                                               and stimulate their interest.
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 We ’ re h e re T O H E L P !
 so whErE do wE comE in?                                                             in school or collEgE
 	 	 he Connexions Centre is for
    T                                    	 	 e work in school directly with
                                            W                                        your connExions pa can
    13 to 19 year olds (or up to your       you, often working with groups           gEt you...
    25th birthday if you have learning      as well as one-to-one                       I
                                                                                     	 	nfo on all the learning routes
    difficulties or disabilities)                                                       that you could follow
                                         	 	 e work with local businesses
 	 	 e’re there to help you plan           and training organisations to find          D
                                                                                     	 	 etails of all key post-16 options
    and make choices                        jobs with training                          and local providers
 	 	 ur advisers are experts in         	 	 our local Connexions Centre is
                                            Y                                           I
                                                                                     	 	nfo on post-18 options
    providing the latest careers            where you can find masses of
                                                                                     	 	nfo on the local and national
    information and advice                  information and details of job
                                                                                        labour markets
                                            and training vacancies.
 	 	 e can offer information, advice
                                                                                     	 	nformation, advice and support
    and support in dealing with issues
                                         So don’t forget to drop in to your             on any issues that may be
    such as drugs, alcohol, health,
                                         local Connexions Centre for some               bothering you.
    housing and relationships and
    to provide additional support        friendly help and advice.

 And what can                             wE’ll always...
 you expect                                  L
                                          	 	 isten to you and respect your views
                                          	 	 ffer independent and impartial advice
 from us?...                                 R
                                          	 	 espond quickly to your requests for appointments or information
                                          	 	 ffer privacy and treat anything you say in confidence
 We treat everybody using
 our services in the same                    D
                                          	 	 o our best to make sure we give you the most up-to-date information
 way, whatever their age,                    there is in a form that meets your needs
 sex, disabilities, sexual                   T
                                          	 	 ake seriously any suggestion or complaint you make - and let you know
 orientation, race or colour.                what we’re doing about it.

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              ea rs...
      Yo u r F B U T W H AT IF ?
Q I’ve left school orwhat I want to
                     college and
                                                Q I’m not ready to make my
  don’t have a clue                               post-16 choice?
                                                                                              Parents’ And Carers’ Info
                                                                                             What if my son or daughter has

    do next?
    At the Connexions Centre we                 A If you need extra support or
                                                  you don’t feel ready to take
                                                                                             special needs?
                                                                                             If your son or daughter has special
    can help you decide on what                     qualifications or look for a job,        educational needs they’ll still follow
    jobs, training or further learning              E2E can help. Just contact us at         the same general routes after Year
    might suit you.                                 your local Connexions Centre.            11, leading to the same qualifications,
                                                                                             although they may need additional
Q Ione byathe time II haven’t got
    want job but
                      leave school
                                                Q Ieyesight, hearing,with my
                                                    have problems
                                                                                             support in working towards them.
                                                                                             If they have learning difficulties they
    or college?                                     written or spoken English, or            may choose to do pre-Foundation
A   Drop into your local Connexions
    Centre to see a range of
                                                    making myself understood?
                                                    If you tell us what you have
                                                                                             Level courses to work on their key
                                                                                             skills or their independence skills.
    vacancies for young people with                 difficulty with, and what we can         Additional support will still be
                                                                                             available. All students with a statement
    local and national employers.                   do to make things easier for you,        of educational needs get help to
    We can also help you with                       we’ll do our best to give you the        prepare them for their choices at
    putting together a CV, arranging                information you need in the              age 16 and beyond.
    interviews and sorting out any                  form that you need it.
    difficulties that may be affecting
    your plans.

hElp us out...
	 	 ome back and tell us if our advice
   worked for you
	 	 ell your family and friends if you think
   we helped you - they might need us too
	 	 ill in any questionnaires we send you
   - the information is used to help us
   improve our services
	 	 eep any appointments we make for
   you or let us know if you can’t make it
	 	 ell us if you’re not happy with our
   service - we’ll do our best to put it right.

           Centres,youthclubsanddrop-incentres.Allarefullytrained             tEll us what you think...
           professionals,withexperienceofworkingwithyoungpeople,               If you’ve a suggestion or complaint about this
           andtheywillsupportandadviseyou.                                        magazine or anything else, contact us by phone,
           Somespecialiseinparticularareassuchassocialissuesor                fax, e-mail, via our website, in writing or in
           careers,andallcanreferyoutootherPAsorsupportorganisations        person at our Connexions Centres or when
           todealwithdifferentkindsofqueriesorproblemsthatyou               we’re in school. We’ll try to sort it out on the
           mayhave.                                                                    spot or get back to you within 5 working days.

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 IN the KNOW...
 “Where can I find out more about the options mentioned in
 this magazine?!”, I hear you cry with an abnormal level of
 excitement and anticipation. Well, have no fear, because
 I am here to answer all your burning questions on how to
 find out more!

 Where can I...                           find out morE about
                                          opportunitiEs for doing
                                                                                    	 	 heck out the latest info on
                                                                                       Apprenticeships in your area
                                          voluntary work?                              by phoning 08000 150 600.
 find out morE on                                                                      You can also ring this number
                                          Check out these websites:
 choosing post-16 options?                                                             for an information pack, which
                                          w                    could help you out
 Check out these websites:                w
 w              w                        C
                                                                                    	 	 ontact your local Connexions
                                          w                          Centre for info and advice on
                                                                                       anything to do with post-16
 find out morE about                      chEck out what’s                             options and beyond...that’s what
 apprEnticEships                          on offEr locally?                            they’re there for, so make them
 in gEnEral, and in                                                                    earn their wages!
 particular arEas                            C
                                          	 	 heck out info direct with schools,
 of work?                                    colleges and training organisations    ind out morE about
                                             - if we’ve done our job properly       qualifications
 Check out these websites:                   you should be able to find all of      in gEnEral?
 w                the addresses, phone numbers,
                                             e-mail and website details you need    Check out these websites:
 And to find out more about time                                                    w
 off for study and training, check out:      M
                                          	 	 ake the most of any careers          w
 w                      events, training and/or jobs fairs     w
                                             and open days to find out more

 Get yourself in the know on              AQA                                       OCR
 what the course covers and               Tel: 01423 840 015                        Post-16 Qualifications
 the skills and knowledge                               Tel: 01223 553 998
 needed to pass by checking               City and Guilds
 out the details with the                 Tel: 020 7294 2800                        Vocational and Key Skills
 organisations that award                    Tel: 024 7685 1509
 the qualifications:                      Edexcel
                                          Tel: 0870 240 9800 enquiries@edexcel.     OR
                                                                    check out their websites:

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     Parents’ And Carers’ Info
     These websites have sections and links
     that provide info especially for all you
     concerned parents...

       CASE STUDY                     Meeyra s Story
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