Combine work and study

If your child knows what career path they’d like to follow, combining work and study can be a good way of gaining both technical and theoretical knowledge and workplace experience.


Traineeships are courses in England with work experience built in and are designed to help those aged 16–24 with little or no work experience to secure some. Traineeships are unpaid but provide help with getting work, such as writing a CV, learning the skills required for a job or apprenticeship and improving English, maths and basic digital skills. Find a traineeship in your area.

Supported internships 

Young people with learning difficulties or learning disabilities, who need extra support to get a job can undertake a supported internship. While the majority of time is spent on placement learning skills with an employer, there’s also help from a tutor and a job coach in college. 


Apprenticeships are the best-known way of combining practical on-the-job skills training with off-the-job learning. Getting paid to learn’ is how they are often marketed. They usually last between one and five years, they are fully paid, full-time jobs that include time to study and work towards nationally recognised qualifications in anything from agriculture and law to accountancy and journalism. Apprenticeships can be studied in most subjects and offer a great way to learn on the job. Find out more here.

School Leavers Schemes 

School Leavers Schemes offer the chance to learn and train with a large company while earning a wage. Similar to a graduate employment scheme but lasting three to seven years, it’s an opportunity to get experience in different departments within the same company and can sometimes include industry qualifications.