Recruiting 16-18 year olds

Businesses can recruit 16 and 17 year olds leaving schools and colleges if they offer a full-time job with training that leads to an Apprenticeship.

Alternatively, the training could lead to a nationally recognised qualification requiring several hours per week development activity. It is for the business to agree with the providers how and when this training takes place.

Increasing numbers of 18 year olds completing ‘A’ levels are seeking full-time employment where they can continue to learn and achieve a higher qualification while they work rather than go to university.

Businesses can develop recruitment ‘pipelines’ by letting school and college partners know about their future vacancies. By collaborating in this way, schools and colleges will gain a better understanding of the needs of local businesses and the employability skills they are looking for in young people.