Young people may be able to work full or part-time but ...
... there are laws around when you can and can't work
You can be employed part-time while you are still at school but there are local by-laws and national employment laws to protect you, such as a young person cannot work during school hours. Examples of part-time jobs for school age young people, include waiting on tables, shop work and paper rounds.
Legally you can start full-time work after the last Friday in June of year 11. Due to Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) young people entering employment should also continue learning as part of their employment, until they are 18.
Full-time employment for young people is usually an apprenticeship or job with training. If you are not ready for an apprenticeship you can look at other training, such as a traineeship. Young people over the age of eighteen can do a job without training but many employers will offer some kind of training to their employees.
You have rights at work, including a right to a National Minimum Wage for employment as well as a minimum wage for apprenticeships. If you're in paid employment or in an apprenticeship you are classed as being in employment so child benefit and child tax credits will stop or Universal Credit may be reduced once you have started work or an apprenticeship.
Local , including apprenticeship vacancies and jobs with training in Kirklees and Calderdale are advertised on both ckcareersonline and the National Apprenticeship Service pages on GOV.UK.
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Page updated May 2016