If you are 16 or 17 and not in education then you will have to do a traineeship, an apprenticeship or get a job

Your Personal Adviser should help you decide what you would like to do

Find out what type of work you would be good at here https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/skills-assessment


A traineeship is work preparation training to give 16 to 24 year olds the skills that might be needed to apply for apprenticeships and jobs

Find a traineeship here https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship


If you would like help getting the confidence and skills you need to apply for an apprenticeship or a job The Prince’s Trust offers support and training https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/get-job


Whatever age you are you can contact your local Jobcentre Plus for help. Just click on the magnifying glass and type in the town or postcode where you are to find the nearest one https://www.totaljobs.com/careers-advice/job-centres/job-centres

You are entitled to apply at the Jobcentre for work experience in the type of job you’re interested in.


What is an apprenticeship? https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentice/what-is-an-apprenticeship

Find an apprenticeship https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Careermap for apprenticeships and jobs https://careermap.co.uk

The Care Leaver Covenant

Employers that provide job and other opportunities specifically for care leavers https://mycovenant.org.uk/for-care-leavers/connects/

Find a Job a website provided by the Government https://www.gov.uk/find-a-job

Indeed Type the word ‘trainee’ or other job title into the ‘What’ box of this job search site https://www.indeed.co.uk/m/#


You will need a typed CV telling people about yourself to give to the person at the place you are applying to for a job or to send to the companies you would like to work for. Create and download a cv here https://careercompanion.cv-creator.com


You might have to do an online test when you apply for a job so practise doing them here https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/i-want-help-applying-for-jobs/school/assessment-test#form1