DLC Careers Programme
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In 2008 a law was passed that made important changes for all young people in England, whereby all young people have to stay on in education or training at least on a part time basis until they are 18 years old.
This means that young people are required to participate in education or training through either:
- Full time education or training, including school, college, and home education.
- Work based learning, such as an apprenticeship, or
- Part time education or training or volunteering more than 20 hours a week.
Students and Parents
At Dorchester Learning Centre we aim to provide students with the opportunities to:
- Learn about Careers and the world of work
- Develop career management and employability skills.
- Speak to and learn from a variety of professionals about different jobs and roles.
- Inspire to attain the best future possible.
- Understand the next steps needed to take to reach chosen career goal.
- Receive informed careers advice from an independent career’s advisor.
- Visit Further Educational and Higher Educational colleges, either physically or virtually.
When making the decision you need to consider the following:
- What career you want to do in the future – some jobs need you to choose certain routes to get into them
- Your predicted grades
- How you want to learn – you might enjoy school, and might like to continue; you might prefer more hands-on ways of doing things, so you might want to think about an apprenticeship.
You can also use career quizzes to help you find a career that suits you:
By doing these tests, you will be able to see what qualifications are required for the jobs suggested.
Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary.
More information on apprenticeships can be found below:
There are three levels of Apprenticeships available for those aged 16 and over:
1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.
3 - Higher Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.