Southwark Choices

Southwark Choices

We want every young person to have something to do when they leave school. Whatever your future holds, we guarantee there will be opportunities to help you get there.

“We will guarantee education, employment or training for every school leaver”

Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

RPA is a duty placed on all young people by the Education and Skills Act (2008) to participate in education or training until their 18th birthday. Supported by parents/carers and schools, the government expects you to make your own decisions about how you wish to participate.

London has great opportunities for school leavers who want to learn, work or train. You have many options and may need advice or support.

The Southwark Choices team offer independent information, advice and guidance to young people in Southwark. We want to ensure that all 16 to 19 year olds in Southwark are aware of the choices and opportunities open to them to enable them to achieve sustained economic independence in adulthood.

The team run the CALM (Careers and Learning Mentoring programme), which is a European Social Fund programme that offers 1-2-1 mentoring support to young people aged 16 to 24 who are NEET to support them to re-engage.

Visit our drop in centre in Peckham every Monday and Thursday between 10am and 4pm or call us on 020 7525 4545 to make an appointment

You can use IT packages to look at career options and their necessary courses / qualifications. We also offer help with application forms, CVs and registering for apprenticeships.

We can help you: 

  • learn - if you're unsure what you want to do, we can help you find the right course 
  • work - we offer tips to find the right job, where to gain skills and help with applications and interviews
  • train - if you want to work but would like to earn qualifications, we offer apprenticeships as well as traineeships and other training opportunities 

Page last updated: 06 November 2017