Acas guidance for young people going into work after A-levels

Workplace expert Acas has launched guidance for young people who want to go straight into work after receiving their A-Level results.

Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, said:

"A-Level results day can be a nerve racking experience for many students and I wish them all the best of luck and hope that they get the grades that they were expecting.

"UCAS is known for helping students embark on the next stage of their education but Acas is the go-to place for young people who are thinking of going straight into work.

"Many young people may be thinking of taking a summer job before they start university, going straight into a permanent job or looking at other options such as internships or apprenticeships.

"Acas has a host of advice aimed at young people that explains the basics around workplace rights - such as the minimum legal wage and the rules around dress codes. We can assist people from their first day of work and throughout their working lives."

Ways into work and what to expect

Acas has guidance on ways into work such as apprenticeships and internships - as well as what to expect from a pay packet, a contract and even what to wear.

Top tips include:

  • workers and apprentices under 18 have special protections on the hours they can work
  • new starters are entitled to certain things, including the right to an induction
  • zero-hours workers are entitled to annual leave, the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage just as regular workers are
  • interns who are classed as workers are entitled to paid holidays and the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage

Acas advises people throughout their working lives, whether they decide to go into work now or plan on another path first.

Read the full guidance for younger workers on the UK Government Web Archive.

Media enquiries

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