Services in Young people (172)

  1. Advice for life

    There's lots of information and advice for the things affecting your life, including where you can get help from local and some national organisations. If you have a decision to make or a problem to solve, just click on the links below or search the…
  2. Aged 16 or younger and want to work

    There are laws about young people working These cover at what age you can do certain kinds of work, how many hours you can work and when you can begin working full-time. You may need a permit to work. If your employer lets you work…
  3. Application Forms

    What you need to think about when filling in an application form Employers often ask for completed application forms rather than CVs.This means everyone sends in the same kind of information and the applicants can be compared easily and fairly. You usually apply for jobs or…
  4. Applications to university

    Applications to most higher education courses ... ... are made online through UCAS. You need to apply between 1 September and 15 January the year before you intend to go. There are exceptions, applications to: Oxford and Cambridge must be submitted by 15 October dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine and veterinary…
  5. Apprenticeship and work-based training providers

    Find out about local training courses for 16 to 19 year olds Check out the apprenticeship, training, job and learning opportunities in the latest Weekly Opportunities Bulletin and the Youth Employment Bulletin.  Training providers: A New Direction, Create Jobs - online platform connecting creative young people with employers and…
  6. Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships are jobs with training Training is a mix of on and off-the-job training, leading to qualifications at level 2 or 3. Watch the video below to help you understand more about apprenticeships. Higher and degree apprenticeships are also available at level 4 to 6, equivalent…
  7. Apprenticeships and jobs

    If you are in Year 11, you must stay in learning or training until at least your 18th birthday Learning can be through an apprenticeship or further study. The official school leaving date is the last Friday in June for Year 11s. You should not start…
  8. Awards/certificates/diplomas

    BTEC and other Awards, Certificates, Extended Certificates, Diplomas and Extended Diplomas are vocational and work-related qualifications They may be studied full or part-time in schools and colleges from the age of 14. They are offered at levels 1 to 4 and are usually ‘BTECs’, 'Cambridge…
  9. Benefits for young people

    Benefit rules and regulations are complicated Young people under 18 (and sometimes under 20) may not be able to claim many of the benefits available but if you are living independently or have an illness or disability or you are a parent, then do check out if you…
  10. Can I work anywhere?

    If you are under 18, you are not allowed to work where: there is gambling there is alcohol, unless the work is part of an appropriate training scheme such as an apprenticeship you have to carry heavy loads, clean machinery or work with dangerous substances…
  11. Career and learning timeline

    Learning and career planning go together Do all you can to develop lots of skills and learn about the work. This Career Timeline will help you in make good decisions at the right time, about your future. It really isn’t too soon to start looking ahead!…
  12. Career choices

    At age 16 If you are in Year 11, you must stay in some kind of education or training until at least your 18th birthday - ‘Raising the Participation Age' (RPA). This means if you leave full-time learning you must take a job with training or an apprenticeship At…
  13. Career choices 13-14

    Choosing subjects and courses in Year 8 or Year 9 This is the first decision that may affect your future, so think about: subjects you enjoy new subjects courses you do well in subjects to help you achieve your future career plans courses that let…
  14. Career choices 18+

    At 18, after sixth form or college, your choices include: further study at college or university. a job or apprenticeship, combining work and training a gap year, to earn money for university or get relevant work experience - see the Downloads section on this page. Think…
  15. Career choices at 16

    You need to stay in learning until at least your 18th birthday You can choose to do a course, apprenticeship or job with training. Start planning now, think about: yourself – how you learn best, your interests and skills, your expected exam results your career…
  16. Careers information

    There's so much out there that deciding on what career to do can be hard Think about careers that interest you and find out as much as you can before making any decisions. See Planning Your Future for a list of careers websites. You can also contact…
  17. Certificates and diplomas

    Certificates and diplomas are ... ... vocational and work-related qualifications. They may be studied full-time or part-time at a range of levels. Part-time courses may form part of a higher apprenticeship. Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) - Level 4 Qualification: offered at universities, colleges and further…
  18. Choices at the end of Year 11

    As well as taking exams, you will have important decisions to make about your future Students completing year 11 must stay in learning until at least their 18th birthday - see Raising the participation age Your main choices are: an apprenticeship or job with recognised training…
  19. Choosing subjects and courses at 13-14

    The subjects you choose will lead to qualifications such as GCSE, Cambridge Nationals or BTECs You will choose your GCSE subjects in Year 8 or Year 9. Your school will give you a booklet listing all your choices or options. Find out as much as you can…
  20. Consumer rights

    Are you a confident shopper? Do you look around before you buy? There are laws to protect you when shopping. Knowing these may save you money and help you get good service. Do you know your rights? Consumer rights explains who can help you if things go wrong.…
  21. Contact us

    If you want more information about the Youth Council, please feel free to get in touch: Email youthcouncil@islington.gov.uk Phone 020 7527 2552  Twitter Instagram
  22. A contract of employment

    This is important. You should get a contract within eight weeks of starting a job. If you don’t, ask your employer. The terms and conditions of your contract begin as soon as you start work.  When you receive it, check it carefully as it sets…
  23. Covering letters

    You will need to send a covering letter with any applications you make It should be well-presented to impress the employer.  You can also write to firms that you want to work for even if they are not advertising for staff. Many jobs each year…
  24. CV or Curriculum Vitae

    A good CV can get you an interview It should outline your career aims, education and work experience to date. The information on your CV will also help you to complete application forms. It will help to have it in front of you when ringing employers about…
  25. Debt advice

    Although you can’t get a bank loan or credit card until you are 18 years old ... ... many young people do get into debt by borrowing money from friends. If you find you are constantly short of money, or having to borrow money, you…
  26. Difficult relationship? Need advice?

    Need more information or help with difficult relationships with family and friends? Or are you finding it hard to cope and need to talk to someone? If you want to talk to someone outside the family about something that is worrying you, you can ring…
  27. Disability, know your rights

    There are laws that protect you from being treated less fairly than people without a disability. Understanding your rights and the adjustments you can expect from school, college, university and employers is important. It will give you, and those helping you, the confidence to plan ahead…
  28. Drinking too much? Need advice?

    Islington Drug and Alcohol Service for Young People offers free, confidential advice and support at T: 020 7527 5099 Islington Drug and Alcohol Helpline T: 0808 800 0019 is open 24 hours, seven days a week and can help you or someone you care about. There are other…
  29. Drugs, alcohol and addictions

    If drugs, alcohol or addictions are causing you, your family or friends a problem - there are people who can help you Islington's Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (IYPDAS), offers specialist support for a range of drug, alcohol and addiction problems, such as gambling, for…
  30. Education 11-14

    Getting Started in Years 7 to 9 Everyone is both excited and scared about starting secondary. This information has advice to help you: settle in and make the most of new opportunities learn about careers and learning choices choose the subjects in Years 10/11(Key Stage…
  31. Education and training

    Secondary school education During the first two or three years at secondary school you will follow the same curriculum or range of subjects as other 11 to 13-year-olds, giving you a good general education. In Year 8/9, you will choose the subjects that you go…
  32. Education and training 16-18

    What next — your options after Year 11 Look at all the choices and how they fit in with your career plans. After Year 11 you must now stay in learning until your 18th birthday. Your main choices are: a full-time course an apprenticeship or traineeship…
  33. Education and training 18+

    Thinking of going to a university or college to do a higher education course? The information and advice here is designed to help you, starting with course research through to applications and on to freshers’ week (the first week of university). Find out how to…
  34. Employment agencies

    Employment agencies provide staff recruitment and selection services to companies Agencies are not allowed to charge the job seeker a fee - the employer pays. There are two exceptions to this - entertainment and modelling work. Agencies vary in the range of jobs they offer. The vacancies…
  35. Entry Level qualifications

    Entry level qualifications are for: anyone who has missed out at school people with learning disabilities anyone who want to try something for the first time. They are offered at three levels:  Entry level 1, 2 and 3. After Entry level 3 you can move…
  36. Equality

    The Equality Law 2010 Under this law: Everyone is treated equally and is protected from discrimination - being treated differently, less favourably or worse than others. The law is not easy and understanding what counts as discrimination is also not easy. If you feel you…
  37. Family problems? Need help?

    If you're worried and want to talk to someone about family problems ... ... such as parents splitting up or someone dying, you can contact Childline T: 0800 1111. You can also find useful information on the websites below: Parents splitting up: GOV.UK - Find out the impact for…
  38. Feeling unsafe in your own home?

    Feel threatened or unsafe in your own home? This may sometimes be because of domestic violence or abuse. You can get help and advice, look at the Related services and External links sections for more information.
  39. Finding job and apprenticeship vacancies

    Looking for a job or apprenticeship? Want to know where to search? Try looking at the suggestions below: Islington Council is one of the biggest employers in Islington and offers a huge range of jobs including apprenticeships. Take a look at Jobs and careers with Islington and…
  40. Finding jobs and apprenticeships

    Help with finding a job or apprenticeship Do you know where to look for job vacancies? Need help to improve your CV or prepare for an interview? Start your job search by looking in the Latest vacancies and other opportunities section, and at the information…
  41. Foundation degrees

    Foundation degrees (FdA, FdSc) are ... ... employment-related higher education qualifications. which have been designed with employers to meet their requirements and are: offered by universities, colleges, and some further education colleges (accredited by higher education institutions). in vocational subjects, such as housing, social care,…
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