This week is GCSE results week. A nerve-wracking prospect for thousands of 16 year olds, who will find out how they performed. It’s also a time for parents to be in the know about what options are available for their son or daughter post 16. What next? Decisions may have already been made, some depending on grades achieved or it may be that your teenagers has no idea what to do.
DATM (Doncaster Association of Training Managers) have provided a quick Mumbler guide as to the options available for children post GCSE in Doncaster.
Young people are now required to stay in education until the age of 18.
Although Young people can now leave school on the last Friday in June (if they will be 16 by the end of the summer holiday), they must do one of the following until they’re 18:
Stay in full-time education, for example at a training provider, college, or sixth form – it’s up to them!
Start an apprenticeship or traineeship
Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training
DATM is an impartial group of training providers who are alternatives to school and offer advice on all the opportunities that are available to young people post 16.
Members include Doncaster College, who provide Traineeships, Apprentices, Study Programmes and much more. Many of the smaller specialist colleges and independent organisations are also part of DATM.
Not all young people are interested or suit the school based academic route (Sixth Form) and often choose a post 16 option for the wrong reason or because they simply don’t know of all the other options available to them. Education is now more vocational, with the focus being more so on gaining employment and a life skill. There are many jobs in Doncaster, and now the education sector supports this, with focussed vocational education in every sector you can imagine.
Whether you are interested in Business, Rail, Construction, Beauty, Horses, Armed Forces, Mechanics, Construction or Business Admin, Customer Services and Social Care; options are available for everyone to ensure your son or daughter has a place for September.
And don’t worry if your son or daughter is disappointed come Thursday, many provisions offer blended programmes with functional skills Maths and English, alongside work experience, a vocational qualification and pre apprenticeship packages.
If you would like to be contact by DATM members for more details, please complete this form and someone will be in touch.
Do reach out to this organisation as they can help you make an objective, informed decision.