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Employing 16 to 18 year olds

Find out about education, training and apprenticeships for young people.

Young people have a duty to be in education or training, until the academic year ends after they are 18.

To find out more, visit: Raising the participation age (GOV.UK).

There are many ways they can do this, such as:

  • Apprenticeships.
  • Full-time courses at college/school/other learning provider.
  • Working full-time/part-time/volunteering alongside accredited training.

There are great benefits to be enjoyed by employing young people who are at the start of their career. There is a range of training available. This means the right course will be available so your young employee can learn the right skills for the job. It is the best way to tackle the issues of an ageing workforce, skills shortage, staff retention and productivity.

Are you thinking about employing a young person aged 16 to 18 years old? Do you want help to find the right person? Would you need support to decide what would be the best training to suit their role? Please get in touch with Grow Your Future, email:

We are a European Funded employability program that is within the Regeneration and Strategy department. We can expertly guide you through the process of:

  • Employing a young person;
  • or finding the right training for a young person you already employ.

More support

  • C&K Careers: RecruitLine. Can offer you advice and support with employing young people. Also, information on what training there is in Calderdale.
  • Apprenticeships. For details about converting your existing jobs into apprenticeships. These count as a valid route for young people to continue their training/education while in a work placement.

For more on employment law, visit: Young workers, apprentices and work experience (ACAS).

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