What Next?

We have the answers you need to explore your post-16 and post-18 options

Whether it’s sixth form, college, an apprenticeship, university or training we can point you in the right direction.  We feature some of the businesses and colleges that can support you to reach your goals – it’s time to explore your options and head down the right path.

Not sure of your next step? Our team of experts have the answers

We can help by providing information and advice about different career paths, with links to some of the best colleges and apprenticeship schemes in the West Midlands.

Need advice for Sixth Form? Look no further

We understand that sixth form can be a challenging time, but with our guidance, you can achieve your goals and set yourself up for future success.

We have loads of College advice

Our college section provides expert advice and resources to help you choose the right course, develop study skills, and prepare for the job market.

We have loads of apprenticeship advice

Welcome to What Next, you’re in the right place to explore your future options

There are so many different opportunities available, and making the right decision for you will depend on your skills, interests or career ambitions. We want to help make your decision process as smooth as possible so we feature study options as well as apprenticeship and training opportunities


Earn while you learn with practical training and experience while you study


Gain industry-specific skills and knowledge from a wide range of courses

Sixth Form

Choose from courses that prepare you for your chosen career or university


Develop your knowledge and independence while preparing for your chosen career

We'll help you find your right career path

Some friends are thinking about university or an apprenticeship, others are focused on college or training – but what’s the right path for you?  The choices can feel overwhelming and it’s normal to feel unsure about the direction you should go in.

But don’t worry, everyone starts somewhere, and What Next? is here to help you make those decisions so you can ensure you choose the right path first time.

We’ll equip you with the knowledge you need to shape your future and make a meaningful impact.

Whether you’re a creative, hands-on learner or a methodical thinker, we have links to some of the most reputable colleges and apprenticeship schemes in the West Midlands. So, let’s work together to find your perfect fit and take the first step towards a fulfilling career.

Choose the area where you’d most like to study, and we’ll show you some exciting options.

In partnership with

South Staffordshire College

With campuses in Lichfield, Tamworth, Rodbaston & Cannock, South Staffordshire College provides courses to suit every learning style and help develop essential employability and interpersonal skills. SSC offer’s full-time and part-time courses, apprenticeships and university level courses all designed to enhance the skills you need and give you a competitive edge in the job market.