can i start an apprenticeship and leave sixth form?

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Hi, I didn't do very well in my AS exams and i've decided that I do not want to go to uni. I really want to do an apprenticeship instead.

Can I just leave sixth form now and apply for an apprenticeship? Do I have to get my teachers know and do they need to do anything? Can they stop me? Can I leave and find the apprenticeship on my own without my teacher's help? Do you need to sign anything etc?

Just want some advice because I feel that carrying on in sixth form is pointless because i'm not going to use them..

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There's no legal requirement to be in education after you leave secondary school, so they couldn't physically stop you from leaving. I don't know much about the process but I think you would just need to speak to the student services department at your sixth form and let them know what you're going to be doing so they can help you get everything sorted in regards to officially leaving.
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You will have to tell your school that you're leaving sixth form (obviously), but the actual finding apprenticeships and applying to them is solely up to you and done by you only; your current teachers have nothing to do with this at all.
The process is pretty easy, I'm currently going through it myself! Sign up to the Apprenticeships website, have a browse of their vacancies and save all the ones that you'd like to apply to (you can apply to more than one at a time, I applied to 3 today!). When you click on 'apply' you get taken to an application form page where you pretty much just fill out what qualifications you already have, any work/job experience you might have, and other job-related questions...and then you're done once you've clicked send! You can monitor all your applications from your profile (shows which applications are 'in progress' etc.) and generally you get a phone call if you've been successful and you're asked in for an interview. It's really easy
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thank you! which website do i sign up too?
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thank you! which website do i sign up too?
You're welcome You sign up to - http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ (Top left-hand corner it should say 'Login to Apprenticeship vacancies' in a grey box, click on that). It's a government run website so it's all legit; it's essentially a hub of all the apprenticeships vacancies across the country.

Out of interest, what kind of apprenticeship are you looking for?
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thanks very much! i'm looking for an apprenticeship in being a pharmacy technician
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thanks very much! i'm looking for an apprenticeship in being a pharmacy technician
I agree with what the others have said.
Id stay at 6th form until you find something though.
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I left Sixth Form after the first year as I realised I didn't want to be in education any longer and wanted to earn money. I took up an apprenticeship and it was the best thing I ever did. Completely different learning environment, new experiences, and far more independence.
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Most good schemes want A levels so it's a good idea to finish off your a levels and apply to vacancies during your a levels, so that you know what you're doing after sixth form.
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You will have to tell your school that you're leaving sixth form (obviously), but the actual finding apprenticeships and applying to them is solely up to you and done by you only; your current teachers have nothing to do with this at all.
The process is pretty easy, I'm currently going through it myself! Sign up to the Apprenticeships website, have a browse of their vacancies and save all the ones that you'd like to apply to (you can apply to more than one at a time, I applied to 3 today!). When you click on 'apply' you get taken to an application form page where you pretty much just fill out what qualifications you already have, any work/job experience you might have, and other job-related questions...and then you're done once you've clicked send! You can monitor all your applications from your profile (shows which applications are 'in progress' etc.) and generally you get a phone call if you've been successful and you're asked in for an interview. It's really easy
Don't you get asked about strengths and personal weaknesses how did you fill those out?
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Don't you get asked about strengths and personal weaknesses how did you fill those out?
It does ask what your strengths are, and what you'd like to improve on, but filling that out is pretty self explanatory. For my strengths I literally listed what relevant skills I have (I'm applying for graphic design apprenticeships, so I put stuff like "creative minded, eye for design, knowledge and experience with Photoshop" etc.), but I also listed personal qualities like "organised, willing to learn and progress, good communication skills".
For the bit about what you'd like to improve on, I put that I'd like to boost my self confidence in the workplace.
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It does ask what your strengths are, and what you'd like to improve on, but filling that out is pretty self explanatory. For my strengths I literally listed what relevant skills I have (I'm applying for graphic design apprenticeships, so I put stuff like "creative minded, eye for design, knowledge and experience with Photoshop" etc.), but I also listed personal qualities like "organised, willing to learn and progress, good communication skills".
For the bit about what you'd like to improve on, I put that I'd like to boost my self confidence in the workplace.
oh cool thanks for this! i didn't know how to start it off. Do you have to give examples for each strength or is that optional?
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oh cool thanks for this! i didn't know how to start it off. Do you have to give examples for each strength or is that optional?
You can if you want to! I personally didn't because I didn't want to make that passage of writing too long and complicated so I kept it quite simple, and I still managed to get an interview too; so don't stress yourself out too much trying to get your application super detailed
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thankyous yous saved my life
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thankyou very much for this info, you saved my life
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that's pretty much what i did when i started my apprenticeship i went with this local business that specialises in apprenticeships and they literally get you started straight away because i feared that like it started when schools started etc. google aspiration training ltd. if you're interested they''ve got places all over the uk
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My son has just turned 18. He is in the second (and last) year of sixth form. He is doing engineering-which he has absolutely NO interest in. He’s only doing it as it keeps him in education until he’s 18?? Now that he is 18, could he leave if he finds a full time job???? Appreciate if anyone knows the rules on this!
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My son has just turned 18. He is in the second (and last) year of sixth form. He is doing engineering-which he has absolutely NO interest in. He’s only doing it as it keeps him in education until he’s 18?? Now that he is 18, could he leave if he finds a full time job???? Appreciate if anyone knows the rules on this!
As soon as you have finished secondary school, you are no longer required legally to be in further education which means yes he can technically leave school and not work at all but obviously it will be in his best interest to find a job and figure out what he wants to do as he will leave sixth form with no A-Levels. If it's his last year though shouldn't he just wait those few months to finish with those alevels?
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Yes. But as I say, he’s got no interest in engineering and isn’t keeping up with the work. He turned 18 a few weeks ago. It’s just that a job ( full-time, not an apprenticeship) maybe be coming up soon and I was just wondering whether he’s legally allowed to leave education now that he is 18, or whether he’s legally required to finish this last year of this sixth form course?????Appreciate your help👍🏻
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(Original post by Rocco-619)
My son has just turned 18. He is in the second (and last) year of sixth form. He is doing engineering-which he has absolutely NO interest in. He’s only doing it as it keeps him in education until he’s 18?? Now that he is 18, could he leave if he finds a full time job???? Appreciate if anyone knows the rules on this!
All explained here:

https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school
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