Department for Work and Pensions
University? Traineeship? First Job? What’s your post-exam plan?
Opportunities to gain an extra qualification, go to university, get on-the-job experience or start your career if you've just finished your exams.
Whether you are looking to gain an extra qualification, go to university, get on-the-job experience or start your career, there are lots of exciting opportunities for your future.
On the job experience
Prepare for the world of work with a traineeship
Traineeships are available for 16 to 24 year olds and are an opportunity for you to gain real work experience, acquire new job skills and improve your English and maths, if you need to. They can last up to 6 months and can be tailored to help you get ready for a job or apprenticeship.
Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship
Apprenticeships provide hands-on experience, a salary and a chance to train while you work.
Further and higher education
You can continue your studies after secondary school through a range of further education courses, available in different subjects at different levels – ranging from basic English and maths to Higher National Diplomas. Further education also includes technical and applied qualifications, which will provide you with skills and training to specialise in a specific technical job.
Search for further education courses.
T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020
T Levels are brand new, 2-year courses designed with employers that will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. As the next step after GCSEs, they combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 3-month industry placement to give young people the technical skills, knowledge and experience needed to get a job in a skilled profession.
Continue your studies in higher education
You can find and apply for most higher education courses online. If you don’t get a place on your chosen university course you can apply for other courses through Clearing.
Find out which courses have vacancies through UCAS from mid-August to late September.
Find a job with our careers portal
There are a range of great jobs available online, and we can help you find one through our dedicated jobs website.
Visit Find a Job to search based on location, sector, salary and more to find your perfect fit.
Learn about different careers through My Way In
My Way In shares stories and advice from people in work and employers in a range of different fields. You’ll find tips to help you broaden your experience and the number of jobs you have access to as well as information about the industries which are likely to have vacancies in the future.
Visit My Way In to find out more about jobs in sectors you may not know about.
Visit My Way In in Welsh.
Support vulnerable adults with a career in adult social care
Adult social care attracts all kinds of people with one thing in common – a desire to help make a difference every day. If you’re the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, understands their emotions, and is warm, kind and honest, then social care could be the career for you.
Check out our Every Day Is Different page to learn more about a career in adult social care.
Discover a career in STEM
The government is working across industry and engineering institutions to support initiatives across the UK to give young people an inspiring first-hand experience of engineering.
Find more resources on the Engineering – Take a Closer Look campaign website.
Embark on a rewarding career in the public sector
There are a host of rewarding jobs in the public sector that you can get involved in. From teaching to nursing – the public sector is looking for people like you.
For more information please visit the following websites:
Get careers advice and inspiration
Need further advice on what to do next? Our career services provide free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain skills and experience, and contribute to your community. There are lots of ways to get involved.
Visit Do-it.org, a database of UK volunteering opportunities. You can search more than a million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and then apply online.
Learn new things and take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS)
NCS is a life-changing programme open to all teenagers aged 15 to 17 in England and Northern Ireland to discover who they are and what they can do. If you want to boost your UCAS statement or CV, meet incredible people, get your voice heard and have a lot of fun while you’re at it, then NCS is for you.
Find out more information about NCS.
Latest News from
Department for Work and Pensions
Government launches cross-sector Working Group to help address multiple small pension pots22/09/2020 16:10:00
The Government has launched a cross-sector Working Group with industry to assess and make recommendations, as an interim step, on ways to tackle deferred, small pension pots.
Hundreds step up to help smaller employers Kickstart Britain’s recovery21/09/2020 13:10:00
Hundreds of organisations are stepping up to help Britain build back better by supporting smaller employers to give youth a chance and take advantage of the Government’s landmark Kickstart Scheme.
Government to help pension schemes seize long-term opportunities11/09/2020 16:05:00
The draft measures are aimed at improving saver outcomes, and supporting the economy by promoting investment in green tech and infrastructure by pension schemes.
Thousands of new Work Coach vacancies open across the UK10/09/2020 16:10:00
The number of Work Coaches is to be doubled to 27,000 nationally.
Landmark Kickstart scheme opens02/09/2020 11:12:00
New £2 billion Kickstart scheme will create thousands of new jobs for young people.
Taking action on climate risk: Improving governance and reporting by occupational pension schemes27/08/2020 11:05:00
The following is a speech made by Work and Pensions Secretary, Thérèse Coffey, on Wednesday 26 August 2020.
Britain’s pension schemes lead on climate risk26/08/2020 16:15:00
First of their kind plans to ensure pension providers consider the risk of climate change on their investments were unveiled today.
New help on offer for disabled people working from home during the pandemic19/08/2020 09:25:00
Disabled people can now benefit from financial support to work from home, thanks to an extension to the Access to Work scheme.