There are a number of options that people aged 18+ can do, these include
• Choose to work
• Choose further education at college
• Choose higher education at college/university
• Choose work-based learning, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or higher apprenticeship
• Choose to work, whilst undertaking part-time education or training
Studying at a higher education institution is just one possible path that young people can take, if it is right for them. They will need to think about what it is you wish to study and where, as not all institutions offer all courses. If they are thinking of undertaking a certain career there will be particular courses that they will need to study, or will be important for doing that career, for example Medicine, Nursing or Teaching.
Making a decision
With so much choice, and so many institutions to decide from there are some very basic questions you help your child/young person answer when choosing your course and institution. The list is not exhaustive and there may well be questions you/they want to ask, but this will give you a good starting point.
What is important to you and what do you find interesting? Could you use them in a job or are they just what you enjoy in your spare time?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Do you want to study something practical or theoretical?
Are specific courses needed to carry out your chosen job/career?
What institutions do these courses?
Where do you want to study, close to home or away from home?
Universities and colleges offer open days for people to look around each campus and to talk with staff and current students. To find out more information on open days please click here
When your child/young person has decided what to study and where in higher education they will then need for their place by making an application through the UCAS system. UCAS’ aim is to help students make informed choices that are right for them, guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the entire higher education application process. To visit the UCAS website please click here
The UCAS parents section has good clear information, to visit please click here
Tuition Fees and Finances
One of the things you may have heard a great deal about is tuition fees, that are charged for studying within higher education. There is a lot of misunderstanding about this subject. There is clear information about tuition fees and student finance available on the UCAS website, please click here
Information is also available at the GOV.UK website at around student finance, please click here
There is also information about applying for a student loan as part of studying within higher education. To visit the student loan company, please click here
A traineeship is a programme for young people who want to work and will give you the opportunity to develop the skills and workplace experience that employers require. Traineeships are for 16-24 year olds (and young people with Special Educational Needs up to the academic age 25). Traineeships fit within broader range of programmes for 16 to 19 year-olds. For more information about traineeships, please click here.
Work towards work-based learning qualifications (such as an NVQ level 2), functional or key skills and in some cases, and a relevant sector based qualification for a particular career. Apprenticeships enable you to combine working and earning, and provide the skills you need for your chosen career and enable progression to an advanced apprenticeship. For information about apprenticeships please click here
To find out what types of apprenticeship you can do, please click here
There is also information available on the GOV.Uk website, please click here
Locally there are also a number of apprenticeship vacancies available at Medway Council, for more information please click here
Finding a job
There are a number of different places that can help you find and explore different jobs and careers for your future. In Medway we are very fortunate to have the Medway Youth Trust who can help you look at what your future options are job wise, but also with training and education. To find out more from Medway Youth Trust, please click here
You can also find out about a range of careers and employers by visiting the plotr website, which gives a good overview of what is available to you, please click here
You may also wish to look at the national careers service website, which gives general information around careers, please click here
To start searching for jobs then there are a wide range of options available to you, but one of the clearest places to find information about jobs in Medway is the Kent and Medway Messenger, please click here
Jobs are also available at Medway Council, for more information about these please click here