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No matter what you decide to do, money is going to be very important in work or education.

Setting yourself up for the world of work

Getting paid for the work you do is part of having a job.  An employer may send you money once a week, every two weeks, or once a month, but no matter how often you’ll need:

  • A bank account – the money has to go somewhere!  Your employer should pay directly into your bank account.  There are lots of different banks and bank accounts out there. Doing some research to find the best one for you is a good idea.
  • Your national insurance number – you have to pay national insurance on your wages, but this won’t be a lot of money if you’re under 18.  You’ll get your national insurance number close to your 16th birthday.

Every time you’re paid you’ll get a payslip.  These can be digital or on paper, depending on who you work for.  You have to make sure your payslip is correct, let your employer know about any mistakes.  Getting paid too much one month might seem great, but your employer can ask for that money back.  If you’ve not been paid enough or paid too much tax you can ask for the money back too.

16-19 bursary fund

If you’re aged between 16 and 19 and think you could struggle with the cost of education you may be eligible for a bursary.

Students in the following groups may receive a bursary of up to £1,200 a year:

  • Young people in care
  • Care leavers
  • Young people claiming income support in their own name

Schools, colleges and training providers are responsible for awarding bursaries to students.  They also set conditions for students to receive a bursary, for example, linked to behaviour or attendance.

Student Finance

Going into higher education?  You can get help to cover the costs.  Finding out what’s available in advance means you can concentrate on preparing for university or college.

Not sure if you’re eligible?  Visit Student Finance to see what you can access [link - ]

You can apply for student loans before you have received your exam results.

For further information on student finance and to apply visit Student Finance England [link - ]

Care to Learn

As a young parent care to learn can help you pay for your childcare and travel costs while you are learning.  Phone the helpline 0800 121 8989 or see your adviser or officer for more information


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Room 6, Contact Warrington,
26-30 Horsemarket Street,
Warrington, WA1 1XL

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