Girl serving a customer in a cafeYoung people can usually work full or part-time but ...

... there are laws around when you can and can't work

You can be employed part-time while you are still at school but there are national laws and local by-laws for employing children and young people and national employment laws on the hours you can work while at school, designed to protect you. Examples of part-time jobs for school age young people, include waiting on tables, shop work and paper rounds.

Legally you can start full-time work after the last Friday in June of year 11. Due to Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) young people entering employment should also continue learning as part of their employment, until they are 18.

Full-time employment for young people is usually an apprenticeship or job with training. If you are not ready for an apprenticeship you can look at other training, such as a traineeship. Young people over the age of eighteen can do a job without training but many employers will offer their employees some kind of training.

You have rights at work, including a right to a National Minimum Wage for employment, as well as a minimum wage for apprenticeships. If you're in paid employment or in an apprenticeship you are classed as being in employment so child benefit and child tax credits will stop or Universal Credit may be reduced once you have started work or an apprenticeship.

Local Recruitline vacancies 220wx24h, including apprenticeship vacancies and jobs with training in Kirklees and Calderdale are advertised on both ckcareersonline and the National Apprenticeship Service pages on GOV.UK


Job with training option after Year 11

Check out our short video on working while learning part-time or read about all your options after Year 11 (49kb PDF).


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