What jobs can school leavers do?
Although most Yr 11 students decide to continue with their education after leaving school, there are students who will be going out to work so it is helpful for you to know what sort of jobs you might be able to do as a Year 11 leaver.
Retail, Manufacturing, Horticulture, Catering, Construction are all areas of work that Year 11 school leavers have entered. Visit the Careers Show to find out more about these sectors.
What skills do employers look for?
Have a look at the Top 5 Employability Skills [416kb] that employers ask for. These are the skills that employers want, no matter what job you do.
Employers may also ask for specific technical skills for a particular job so make sure you read a job vacancy carefully so that you know what an employer is looking for.
What is the minimum wage for young people?
Under Guernsey law workers have to be paid a minimum wage. There are different rates depending what age you are. Minimum Wage Information
What documents do I need to sort out before I start work?
Every person working in Guernsey, either for themselves or for an employer, must hold a Right to Work document. You will need to show your document to your employer and they will need to take a copy of it.
You will also need to give your employer your Social Insurance card number. Social Insurance cards are blue and most people already have a card but if you are new to the island or returning to the island, you will need to register with Social Security. Money is taken out of your wages for social insurance to cover you for specialist medical care, unemployment and sickness benefits, old age and pensions.
You will need an Income Tax code to give to your employer. You will pay tax (20p for every £1 you earn) and this helps the States of Guernsey pay for maintaining essential services such as re-building of schools, maintenance of roads, changing the airport runway, developing health services etc. There are allowances you can get which reduces the amount of tax you pay.
If you have just left school, there is a school leaver form for you to complete. Once you start paying tax, you will have to complete an Income Tax form each year to help work out how much tax you should be paying.
How do I apply for jobs?
The usual ways to apply for jobs include
- application form
- on-line application
- letter and a CV
- telephone or email
There may be vacancies advertised that you want to apply for or you may want to contact companies on the off chance they may have a vacancy. Have a look in our Job Vacancies section to find out more about vacancies and how to apply.
Getting a part time job whilst I am still at school
Some students are keen to find a part time job, usually on Saturdays. It can be difficult to find a part time job as some employers will only take 16 yr olds or older. You will still need to get the same documents as if you were starting a full time job so have a look in the 'What documents do I need' section on this page.