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Young people Homepage

The Heart of the South West Skills Launchpad supports young people in the Heart of the South West to find information about education and employment. Find information for parents and carers of school aged children.

Choices at 16 and 18 - COVID 19 Guide


An apprenticeship is real job with hands-on experience and a chance to earn money and train while you work. You will become a team member, treated like other employees and will have a contract of employment and holiday leave.

Apprenticeships prepare you for the world of work, give you a salary, real world experience and supercharge your career options to help you get on the job ladder. They are available to those aged 16 plus and you can gain a wide range of qualifications.

visit Apprenticeships page

Careers Hub

Find resources and information about careers and education in the Heart of the South West.

Research shows that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career.

For schools: Learn how our career hub support schools and business in providing careers education.visit Careers Hub page

Digital Skills Partnership

Our digital skills partnership often holds events and signposts to courses for young people to help them develop essential digital skill.

Discover our raising digital engagement project, BT Skills for tomorrow, British e-sports and more.

visit Digital Skills Partnership page

Maths, English and Digital Skills

Maths, English and digital skills are essential for entering the workforce or getting on a further education course to pursue your career of choice.

Find support links and resources to help your journey.

visit Maths, English and Digital Skills page

Not in education Employment or Training (NEET)

Links to local support in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

visit Not in education Employment or Training page

Special Education Needs (SEND)

visit Special Education Needs (SEND) page

Qualifications Guide

Find out what qualifications are available to you and where they might lead.

visit Qualifications Guide page

Education and Career Choices at 16

Find out education options that are available to you, find out about events and courses to extend your learning.

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Education and Career Choices at 18

Find out about the options available to you post 16 and beyond.

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Two year qualifications that help you get industry experience while learning.

visit T-levels page

Supported Internship (ages 16-24)

Supported internships are for young people aged 16 — 24 with learning difficulties or learning disabilities, who want to get a job and need extra support to do this.

visit Supported Internship page

Jobs Launchpad

Find COVID-19 (coronavirus) specific information about skills and employment

visit Jobs Launchpad