Can a 16 year old work full time

(9 Posts)
SisterNancySinatra Fri 01-Apr-16 19:37:11

Please settle an argument for me , can a 16 year old leave school after GCSEs and go straight into full time work ?

mangocoveredlamb Fri 01-Apr-16 19:38:24

I think that as long as they are beyond the final Friday in June of the acedemic year in which they turn 16 (I.e their year 11) then they can!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 01-Apr-16 19:39:28

I think it's 17.

SisterNancySinatra Fri 01-Apr-16 19:42:29

So an employer is not allowed to employ a 16 year on a 40 hour week?

noblegiraffe Fri 01-Apr-16 19:43:27

No, unless as an apprentice or on a training scheme

www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 01-Apr-16 19:44:49

They have to have time to study for a qualification.

mangocoveredlamb Fri 01-Apr-16 19:45:23

Sorry you're right year in which they turn 17.
The only way they could employ a 16 year old is if they turned 17 after they left school, in July/August.

mangocoveredlamb Fri 01-Apr-16 19:47:49

Ignore me I've got totally confused.
All I know for sure is that year 11 stay on the school role until the last Friday in June.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 01-Apr-16 19:50:28

Mango, as I understand it children can leave school,at 16 and work in a job, but must have at least a day a week to do a day release at college or similar whilst working at that job. They csnt work full time without getting qualifications.

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