Find out what's available in Bolton to help you improve and expand your skills.

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This area brings all aspects of studying, working and skills information together in one place.

  • Options for 13 to 19 year olds

    • I'm not sure if I want to go to college after leaving school, what are my options?

      Every school is different but you will have to study English, Maths and Science in readiness for employment. You will be provided with information about what options your school offers.

      By 2015 all young people will be have to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. This will be gradually introduced from 2013 when year 11 leavers will have to continue learning for a further academic year.

      You will be able to choose a number of options including staying at school, going to College or work based learning such as an apprenticeship. To find out more information speak to tutors at your school, visit the Connexions page or www.gov.uk

    • I want to go to university but I'm not sure what course to take

      Selecting the best possible course for you is an important decision to make, and often a challenging one. There can be intense competition for the most popular courses, and later for graduate jobs. UCAS has a information on choosing a University course. A list of courses are available at the University of Bolton website.

      When you're in your final year at school you'll need to make some big decisions. There are three basic options to choose from:

      » Continue your education at a further education college, sixth form college or school sixth form

      » Go into work-based learning and employment with training, eg, an Apprenticeship

      » Go into a job with training.

      For more information visit the Connexions page

    • What the law says if you're 13-16 and working

      Bolton’s by-laws state that you can start part-time ‘light work’ at the age of 13 although nationally the law recommends that you be at least 14.

      For more information on what you can and can't do visit the Connexions page

    • How can I get some work experience?

      In Year 10 or 11, you will be able to do some work experience. Work experience is a great way to get a feel for a job or organisation. It might help you make your mind up about what you want to do as well and is something to add to your CV.

      Doing work experience can also help you think about what you are interested in and what you enjoy. If you find that you are interested in the industry or sector that you have done your work experience in, you may be able to speak to the relevant organisation to find out more or other similar trade organisations.

      For those of you still at school, your teachers will explain how work experience is organised and how you can get involved..

    • I want to do some voluntary work

      Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. We want to ensure that anyone thinking about giving their time can find a volunteering opportunity which is right for them, whether it's supporting a victim of crime or helping out at a local sports club.

      For more information visit the Volunteering England website , Do-it.org or

  • Studying

    • I'm not sure if I want to go to college after leaving school, what are my options?

      Every school is different but you will have to study English, Maths and Science in readiness for employment. You will be provided with information about what options your school offers.

      By 2015 all young people will be have to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. This will be gradually introduced from 2013 when year 11 leavers will have to continue learning for a further academic year.

      You will be able to choose a number of options including staying at school, going to College or work based learning such as an apprenticeship. To find out more information speak to tutors at your school, visit the Connexions page or www.gov.uk

    • I want to go to university but I'm not sure what course to take

      Selecting the best possible course for you is an important decision to make, and often a challenging one. There can be intense competition for the most popular courses, and later for graduate jobs. UCAS has a information on choosing a University course. A list of courses are available at the University of Bolton website.

      When you're in your final year at school you'll need to make some big decisions. There are three basic options to choose from:

      » Continue your education at a further education college, sixth form college or school sixth form

      » Go into work-based learning and employment with training, eg, an Apprenticeship

      » Go into a job with training.

      For more information visit the Connexions page

  • Getting a job

    • I want help getting a job

      There are many stages to getting a job. You may know what job you want but might need help with your application. You might not have any job ideas or want a few more. Most people have frequent periods of job seeking and most of us need to change jobs from time to time.

      Looking for a job is about showing yourself in the best light and making the most of your strengths - whether it’s on a CV or in an interview. Our local work clubs will be able to support you to improve your skills and many of the Team Bolton partners provide support to help you get back into work.

      You can search for a job by:


      » Using the Universal Jobmatch where jobseekers can match their CV and skills to jobs posted by companies.

      » Searching on www.yourcounciljobs.co.uk for jobs in the Greater Manchester area and beyond.

      » Young people can search on www.cnx2jobs.com for job vacancies in Greater Manchester.

      » Browsing advertisements in local newspapers such as the Bolton News and Manchester Evening News.

      If you're not sure whether you will be financially better off when you return to work, there are a number of benefit and tax calculators. These are particularly useful to if you have childcare costs.

    • How can I get some work experience?

      Doing work experience or volunteering can be a great way to gain knowledge in an area of work that you’re interested in and get valuable experience.

      If you’re 16 to 24 and you’re getting Jobseeker’s Allowance, you can get a work experience opportunity through Jobcentre Plus.

      General information about work experience can also be found on the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) website.

    • I want to do some voluntary work

      Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. We want to ensure that anyone thinking about giving their time can find a volunteering opportunity which is right for them, whether it's supporting a victim of crime or helping out at a local sports club.

      For more information visit the Volunteering England website or Do-it.org.

    • Help and advice for ex-offenders

      When applying for work you should push the positives, such as your previous work experience and skills you learnt in prison if you served time.

      To find out more about the law on criminal records and employment, including spent convictions and rehabilitation visit www.gov.uk or PACT website.

      For careers advice visit the National Careers Service website

    • Work and disability

      If you have a disability, you may be worried that it will limit your job prospects, or that you won't be able to find work.

      But there’s lots of guidance, support and training to help you into employment. Government-backed schemes can help, while awareness-raising initiatives are challenging stereotypes about people with disabilities to ensure that everyone has a fair chance of working..

      For more information visit www.gov.uk who have a section for looking for work if you're disabled or the NHS Choices website.

  • Apprenticeships

    • What are apprenticeships?

      As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can be an apprentice.

      For more information visit the National Apprenticeship Service website.

    • How can I apply for an apprenticeship?

      You can apply for apprenticeship vacancies online using the National Apprenticeship Service recruitment system that lets you search for, view and then apply for Apprenticeships.

    • What apprenticeships are available?

      Apprenticeships are available in all sectors and industries throughout England. There are more than 280 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,500 job roles, in a range of industry sectors, from engineering to boat building, veterinary nursing to accountancy.

      For more information visit the National Apprenticeship Service website.

  • Training

  • Careers advice

    • I'm not sure if I want to go to college after leaving school, what are my options?

      Every school is different but you will have to study English, Maths and Science in readiness for employment. You will be provided with information about what options your school offers.

      By 2015 all young people will be have to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. This will be gradually introduced from 2013 when year 11 leavers will have to continue learning for a further academic year.

      You will be able to choose a number of options including staying at school, going to College or work based learning such as an apprenticeship. To find out more information speak to tutors at your school, visit the Connexions page or www.gov.uk. .

    • I'm a young person where can I get careers advice?

      Your school will be able give you information about careers support and advice. Alternatively visit the National Careers Service website and the Connexions page for further advice and support.

    • Aged 19 or over?

      The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice.

      For more information visit the National Careers Service website.

    • I'm unemployed where can I get help?

      Many support schemes are provided through Jobcentre Plus offices. Some employment schemes are compulsory for people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) while others are voluntary.

      You can also find information here on employment schemes for the self-employed, training schemes, and other types of help on offer. Our local work clubs will be able to support you to improve your skills and many of the Team Bolton partners provide support to help you get back into work.

      www.gov.uk has advice on how to apply for jobs, including filling in an application form or writing a CV.

      You can search for a job by:


      » Using the Universal Jobmatch which is a database where jobseekers can match their CV and skills to jobs posted by companies.

      » Searching on www.yourcounciljobs.co.uk for jobs in the Greater Manchester area and beyond.

      » Young people can search on www.cnx2jobs.com for job vacancies in Greater Manchester.

      » Browsing advertisements in local newspapers such as the Bolton News and Manchester Evening News.

  • Funding

    • I need funding for a course

      Learning usually costs something, whether you're planning to do a full-time, part-time or self-study course. You can find information and advice on how to pay for your learning, what support is out there for you on the National Careers Service website. .

    • How can I afford to study?

      If you are an adult learner you can apply for grants and bursaries to help pay for courses and training. You usually don’t have to pay this money back.

      For most grants and bursaries you apply directly to the organisation that gives them out. They’ll have an application form and will be able to tell you if you qualify.

      If you’re a parent, you might also be able to get help with childcare costs while you study. Further information is on www.gov.uk.

    • Is there money to support me whilst I study?

      For information about bursaries and other financial help available check out the student finance, loans and universities page on www.gov.uk.

    • Is there help available with transport fees?

      If you’re an English medical or dental student attending a clinical placement in the UK or studying abroad, you may be able to get a grant towards covering some of your travel expenses.

      For more information visit www.gov.uk.