Try to stay occupied and positive.
If you are 16 or 17 it is important to call into your local Connexions Centre. Research shows that young people not in employment, education or training 16-19 have lower life outcomes – lower wages, long-term unemployment, bad health and have a greater risk of getting into crime and becoming homeless. Do stay in touch with Connexions until you are fixed up
Connexions can help with:
- Job vacancies and help with job search
- Alternative training options or short courses
- Claims for Jobseeker’s Allowance or other benefits you may be entitled to
For general benefits advice, contact a local Welfare Benefits Agency or a CAB
If you are thinking about leaving a job or training place, look before you leap! Find out from Connexions Centre if you can get any benefit before you leave. You can register with Connexions even if you are in a job or training place, which could enable you to get fixed up with something else before leaving.