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    Hi,

    just got a quick question.

    I got my National Insurance Number today, but i'm not 16 until the end of August.

    Can I start applying/looking for jobs now or do I have to wait until I'm 16?

    Further, if I get an offer will I have to wait until I'm 16 to start?

    Thanks
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    It depends where you want to work, small cafes and local restaurants and shops hire fifteen year olds, even without NI number. However, most big companies e.g. mcdonalds, tesco, sainsbury's and pizza hut etc. don't hire anyone who isn't labelled as a 'school leaver' - that's someone who is aged 16, and the date is past the 30th of June in the year that they sit their GCSEs
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    (Original post by SmileAway)
    It depends where you want to work, small cafes and local restaurants and shops hire fifteen year olds, even without NI number. However, most big companies e.g. mcdonalds, tesco, sainsbury's and pizza hut etc. don't hire anyone who isn't labelled as a 'school leaver' - that's someone who is aged 16, and the date is past the 30th of June in the year that they sit their GCSEs
    This is gonna sound weird and confusing but

    My school does GCSEs a year early, so I'm currently in Year 11, just finished my AS exams and about to start my A2s.

    I did my GCSEs in Year 10.

    So, can i start applying as I've done my GCSEs?
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    (Original post by monstersam)
    So, can i start applying as I've done my GCSEs?
    No, because it's the end of year eleven that they care about rather than the end of your actual GCSE exams. This is as year 11 is the last compulsory year of education and you must complete it before working in certain places Also, does that mean you will go to uni early?
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    (Original post by SmileAway)
    No, because it's the end of year eleven that they care about rather than the end of your actual GCSE exams. This is as year 11 is the last compulsory year of education and you must complete it before working in certain places Also, does that mean you will go to uni early?
    Okay, so i can start applying from June 30th?

    & Well I'll suppose we'll have Y13 off - I'll still be in school finishing media A2 but I don't think so, I think we'd have to wait until the right time. :confused:
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    (Original post by monstersam)
    Okay, so i can start applying from June 30th?

    & Well I'll suppose we'll have Y13 off - I'll still be in school finishing media A2 but I don't think so, I think we'd have to wait until the right time. :confused:

    You wont be able to work in certain places (aforementioned), since you will still be 15....My friend got skipped a year so that she is now younger a year than all of us, she is going to end up going to uni with the rest of us, despite the age difference
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    (Original post by SmileAway)
    You wont be able to work in certain places (aforementioned), since you will still be 15....My friend got skipped a year so that she is now younger a year than all of us, she is going to end up going to uni with the rest of us, despite the age difference
    Okay, thanks for your help

    & I don't know. My schools just messed it up. like some of my friends are going to college but they have to start their AS' again because of different exam boards etc because we do them in Y11.

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