Employment Options

Employment: get straight into work

When you reach 18, you are able to go out into the workplace and get a job. There are various ways to do this.


  • Description:  A period of work experience where you can try out a job and get to know an industry.
  • Location:  Workplace.
  • Duration:  1 week to 1 year.
  • Entry requirements:  Age 16+.
  • Qualifications:  N/A.
  • Leads to:  Work, university/college, traineeships, apprenticeship.

Get a job

  • Description:  Get straight into the working world to start earning. You'll need an up-to-date CV and cover letter.
  • Location:  Workplace or from home.
  • Duration:  Dependent on job offer.
  • Entry requirements:  Requirements differ between employers. You may need qualifications or experience for some jobs.
  • Qualifications:  N/A.
  • Leads to:  Work.

Start a business

  • Description:  Becoming an entrepreneur can be exciting, but think carefully about your ideas and make a solid business plan.
  • Location:  Likely to start at home or shared office.
  • Duration:  N/A.
  • Entry requirements:  You may need special skills, qualifications or experience before you can start a business. There may also be start-up costs.
  • Qualifications: N/A.
  • Leads to:  Work.

Get a Kickstart job

  • Description:  Get a 6 month paid Kickstart job with a local employer funded by the Government.
  • Location: Workplace or from home.
  • Duration: 6 months.
  • Entry requirements:  Must be aged 16 to 24, in receipt of Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
  • Qualifications:  N/A.
  • Leads to:  A stronger CV and a better chance of securing your next job.


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