You will need to register for an Employment Permit through the Local Authority where the employment takes place.
If you are employed in the Wokingham borough you will need to complete our Child Employment Application Form (PDF document). You don't need a work permit if you are doing odd jobs for neighbours, babysitting, or on work experience organised by school. When you reach 16, you won't need a work permit.
UK legislation dictates that children under the age of 13 years are not allowed to be employed in any capacity by any person/s (this also includes parents/guardians/relatives) whether they are paid or unpaid.
Children can only start full-time work once they’ve reached the minimum school leaving age - they can then work up to a maximum of 40 hours a week.
You can leave school on the last Friday in June as long as you’ll be 16 by the end of that year’s summer holidays.
You must stay in some form of education or training until your 18th birthday if you were born on or after 1 September 1997.
Your options are:
- full-time education - eg at a school or college
- an apprenticeship or traineeship
- part-time education or training - as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week