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Leaving school - what's next?

Leaving school - What's next?

What would you like to do? Get help to plan your future!

What can I do?: 

Take a look below to find ideas and advice on what you need to be thinking about before you leave school. Plus find out what's the score with National Insurance.

It’s important that you have an inkling of what you want to do in the future. There’s no pressure as you can always change your mind at a later date, but you need to get into and enjoy something now. Here are a few tips to help you on the way.

Getting ready to leave school: 

Thinking about your future after you leave school? This Enquire guide gives you questions to think about and suggests people you can talk to. It also explains what your school may be able to do to help you get ready to leave. At the back you'll find a helpful directory of organisations who can help you with jobs, volunteering, benefits and more. 

Your National Insurance card: 

Just before you are 16 you should receive a small plastic card with your National Insurance number (NINO). This is your own personal number for paying National Insurance or claiming social security benefits. Check all the details on the card, and any paperwork that comes with it. If they are not correct, tell your Jobcentre Plus local office, who will change them.

It is important to give your employer your NI number as soon as you start work. Then all your NI contributions and credits can be put on record. If your employer does not have the right number for you, this can affect your contributions record and delay payment of any benefits in the future.

If you do not receive your National Insurance card before your 16th birthday then you must apply for one before you start working or as soon as you or a partner starts to claim benefits.

Visit the gov.uk website to learn more about what National Insurance is and how to get your card.

After you have left school: 

Visit the gov.uk website for information on subjects including jobs, training and benefits.

Skills Development Scotland: 

If you are leaving school and don’t have a job, you could always get in touch with your local Skills Development Scotland Centre.  If visiting a centre, then take your National Insurance card with you. 

You can also get information and advice about your options for employment, training and further education from the My World of Work online resource that can help with:

Useful Contact details: 

To find your local centre, contact Skills Development Scotland by phoning: 0845 8 502 502.