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What is Flying Start?

Flying Start is jam-packed with information and activities that can help you plan the next steps in your education or training. Not only that, we’ve included lots of resources to help you prepare for life, study, and work after school. All to ensure you have the Flying Start you deserve!

planning your future

Whether you’re coming to the end of school (age 16), or are in post-16 education and reconsidering your options, it can be helpful to take some time to plan your next steps. But it’s often hard to know where to start! Here, we’ve included activities you can work through that will help you to identify:

  • What matters to you and what you care about
  • The skills and qualities you have
  • The subject areas you’re interested in exploring further

All designed to support you in finding the right next educational steps for you. Click on the link below to get started!

Your Options

Here you’ll find resources to help you learn about the different qualification and training routes that are available. There’s also lots of information to help you decide what might be the right path for you.

Colleges & Sixth Forms

We’ve collected information about the colleges and sixth forms in 5 different geographical areas: Dorset, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. Click the button below to go to the information for your local area all in one place!

Careers Support Near You

If you’d like some support to make decisions about your next educational steps, you can reach out to the Careers Adviser or any member of staff at your school, college or sixth form. Alternatively, click below to find out about services that can help in your local area.

Find out what an apprenticeship is, how to apply, and where to look for them. As well as finding out about training providers and the kinds of qualifications they offer.

Resources and Information for Young People with SEND

If you have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), and are thinking about what to do in post-16 education, we’ve got you covered! Click the link below to find out about organisations that offer support.

Local Support & Opportunities Near You

There’s lots of support for young people who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. Why not explore what’s on offer in your local area by clicking the link below!

It might seem a little early to start thinking about what you might do in post-18 education (e.g. after college, sixth form, or an apprenticeship), but there’s no harm in doing a little bit of research now to find out about your options. It might even help you decide what to do in post-16 education.

Your skills

There are lots of organisations and resources that can help you develop your employability skills. Why not visit this page to explore the selection of organisations and resources we’ve collated.

Health & wellbeing

It’s always important to look after your mental health and wellbeing, alongside your physical health too. Click the link below to find out about organisations that can help, as well as gaining access to useful articles and videos.

We’ve collated links to local organisations and services from areas across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight that can support your health and wellbeing. Click the link below to find information about what’s available in your local area.

Frequently asked questions

We know the transition from school to post-16 education (college, sixth form, an apprenticeship, or another form of training) can be a bit daunting and that you might have lots of questions. That’s why we’ve answered a selection of frequently asked questions to help put your mind at ease.

parents/carers of young people considering their next steps in post-16 education

Is your young person at school leaving age (16) and thinking about what to do next? Or, are they in post-16 education already (college, sixth form, an apprenticeship, or another form of training) and reconsidering their options? Or perhaps your young person is currently out of work, education or training. Here on Flying Start, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve created a designated area for parents/carers who are supporting their young person/people with their next educational steps. Why not explore?

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