Employing children and young people


If you want to employ young people - and in some cases this means anybody up to the age of 25 - you need to be aware of your legal responsibilities. In general, younger workers are those under 18 years old.

This guide provides an overview of the law relating to young people at different stages of their lives.

It includes information on:

  • workers of compulsory school leaving age (in Northern Ireland, a young person can leave school on 30 June if they are aged 16 on or before 1 July of that year - if their 16th birthday falls on or after 2 July they have to wait until the end of the following academic year before they are eligible to leave)
  • workers over compulsory school leaving age and under 18
  • workers aged 18 or over
  • apprenticeships
  • internships