Careers and Training

14 to 19 education, employment, and skills

The government has raised the age for all young people in England to stay in education or training until they turn 18. Young people will need to choose one of the following options after they turn 16:


  • full-time education – school, college or home education
  • an apprenticeship
  • part-time education or training if they’re employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (defined as 20 hours or more a week)


Locally, further information can be obtained from the Quad on 020 8770 5754.


London Borough of Sutton Careers and Supported Internships

For current vacancies at Sutton Council, please visit the Council website Jobs and careers page here.


The London Borough of Sutton is working with partners support the delivery supported internships. The project includes setting up a supported internship forum which will be managed and run by local education providers, local authority services and local employers to identify local opportunities and overcome the local barriers to create a supported internship programme. The project also includes dedicated resource to provide job coach training to increase the pool of expert job coaches available and to support young people with SEND on work placements.

For more information please contact or visit our Specialist Services page here.



Volunteering is a great way to gain vital work experience and develop the skills and behaviours employers are looking for.  It also helps build confidence and increases your network of support whilst making a difference to the people and the environment around you.


Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance


Thinking about your future? Not sure what you want job you want?  The links below can help you navigate through different career pathways and plot a route to help you get the job you want.


Career services


National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is the publicly funded careers service for adults and young people (aged 13 or over) in England. The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training, career choice, career development, job search and the labour market, delivered by qualified, impartial careers advisers. It can be accessed online, by telephone and face-to-face (for people aged 19 and over).

In London, the National Careers Service is delivered by Prospects.


To book an appointment in Sutton, please call the National Careers Service London Contact Centre on 0203 714 8350.


Career Pilot

This website helps young people, parents, and carers to:

  • Plan study & work
  • Inform choices at 14, 16 and 18
  • Identify routes to different qualifications and job sectors using career tools to help you decide.

Youth Employment

Youth Employment UK helps young people and support all those working in the youth employment space.


Start Profile

Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect people aged 11-18 with their future career potential.


Talking Jobs

Talking Jobs is about broadening young people’s horizons through exploration and discussion in an open ended way.

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PLANit Global

PLANit Global is an interactive digital careers platform that connects businesses, schools and local people. Nurturing the workforce and management of the future is key to the success of the economy, locally and nationally.


Creative Choices

This is an independent charity that provides careers advice and guidance, promotes apprenticeships, and delivers activities for young people in Creative Industries.



icould provide career inspiration and information for young people showing what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through  personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.


All About School Leavers

AllAboutSchoolLeavers help school leavers get jobs and understand the career paths available to them.


Health Careers

This site provides help and information to people who are interested in working in the NHS and other health employers in any one of the 350 careers on offer.


Not Going To Uni

This site helps school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs



Volunteer Centre Sutton

Volunteer Centre Sutton helps local people find positive volunteering opportunities and in supports organisations attract and develop great volunteer teams.



vInspired is the UK’s leading volunteering charity for 14 – 25 year olds. vInspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.


Do-it lists over 1 million volunteering opportunities nationally enabling 200,000 people every month to donate their time and build their skills, Do-it ensures that almost 60,000 organisations find the help they need to provide vital services to the community.

Specialist recruitment sites for school leavers


Future Talent

Future Talent specifically designed to be a resource for school and college leavers looking for their next step whether that is an apprenticeship, school leaver programme, entry level job, further study, or a sponsored learning programme.


Get My First Job

GetMyFirstJob offers a new way to find apprenticeships and opportunities to get ahead. It’s not just a search tool as it connects applicants with the job vacancies, employers and training providers.


Working Chance

Working Chance is a recruitment consultancy supporting women aged 18-25, who are leaving the criminal justice or the care systems, into great jobs with mainstream employers.


Go Think Big is an online digital hub, providing information on work experience opportunities, valuable career advice, and apprenticeship opportunities.