Post 16 careers

If you are aged between 16-25 and are looking for some help in finding a job, apprenticeship, getting work experience or starting a business, we have put together a list of useful organisations that can offer support and ideas.

Specific to Care Experienced Young People

  • Sutton Local Offer for Care Leavers, is a website dedicated to young people in Sutton who are care experienced and is run by the Children in Care Council.  Here you can find links to lots of useful information related to applying for jobs.  For live current apprenticeship information please follow the Apprenticeships link in the section below.

Relevant to all young people

Work Experience/Apprenticeships

  • The Sound Lounge, Sutton – is a local music venue and community hub.  The managers will support young people to gain an AQA accredited barista and/or sound engineering qualification.  Contact them through their general enquiries form.
  • Sutton Apprenticeships –  for information about applying for all levels of local apprenticeships within Sutton council.  On this page you will also find a link to the live list of current apprenticeship vacancies.
  • ICOULD: A website which uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young people’s career choices.
  • Not Going to Uni: Helps school & college leavers make plans for their futures by showing the opportunities available – including apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships, gap years, traineeships and jobs.
  • National Apprenticeship Service: Provides a variety of information about apprenticeships and traineeships, this site also has a search and apply facility with 1000’s of live vacancies.
  • The National Careers Service: The National Careers Service can help you with your career, learning and training choices with free confidential 1 to 1 information, advice and support via telephone, email or secure web chat.
  • Get My First Job: For 16-25-year olds seeking employment in a range of professions.  Please email –
  • WORK EXPERIENCE: a website which shows positions for work experience, internships and placements for 16-24-year olds.

Gaining additional qualifications

  • Runway Training: Runway Training are a specialist provider of Maths and English Functional Skills qualifications, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Certified Short Courses and Soft Skills. Offering a flexible approach to learning with online, classroom and onsite training available.
  • LEARNDIRECT: Access information and a variety of courses – including online Maths and English.
  • UCAS Progress: Admissions service for young people searching for courses and training after GCSEs.
  • Floodlight: Provides information of adult education courses in London.
  • 16-19 BURSARY FUND: Provides information on financial support for young people who need some financial help to stay in education or training after age 16.

Other useful sites

  • Interested in Volunteering? Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience whilst helping a charitable organisation.  This can get you a first reference or experience to write about on your CV. These websites have lots of volunteering opportunities all over the UK .

  • Prince’s Trust – gain support in starting your business, getting a job and building your confidence through numerous programmes