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Employment, Apprenticeships and Sponsored Degrees

If you are considering employment after school please seek advice from our Careers Advisers. Some useful links are listed below:-

 Click on logo for a snapshot of key employment sectors

LEP - Careers Fact Sheets available via this link

Apprenticeship Information Videos on YouTube

Hundreds of videos covering everything you want to know about apprenticeships

Careersbox - Careers Films on the Web 

Information on apprenticeships and a vacancy search
Everything you need to know about apprenticeships, including a vacancy search.

The website of Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Service with a useful vacancy search.

Careers website aimed at school students - information about all levels of apprenticeship including degree apprenticeships

Employment for Students - E4S

A specialist website for students to search for jobs/apprenticeships/gap year jobs etc

The Apprenticeship Guide 

Lots of useful information about apprenticeships, including a regional directory and case studies.

The Which Complete guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

The Success at School Guide to Degree Apprenticeships

Website advertising apprenticeships, you can register for updates

Search for apprenticeships nationwide via UCAS

Includes apprenticeship and sponsored degree opportunities

Looking at alternatives to university

Pure Potential

A website which covers career options for school leavers including university and employment options
An easy to use job search facility covering vacancies advertised in the Yorkshire Press.

A general careers website with a section on vacancies for school leavers
Information, careers advice and resources to help you make effective skills, work and life choices.
Part time and seasonal job site 
Local government jobs countrywide including Kirklees, Calderdale and Leeds councils

Job search site

Another job search site, where you can search for apprenticeships and school leaver opportunities
Job search help and advice



Below is a list of companies that recruit young people every year for apprenticeships or sponsored degrees. Deadlines and start dates vary according to the company. Check individual sites regularly for vacancies.


Accounting, Administration, Business, Finance and Management 

Barclays Apprenticeship Scheme

GCSEs required.

BDO School Leavers Scheme

A levels required

Boots Advanced Apprenticeship

A levels required

Deloitte School Leavers Programme 

A levels required - ongoing recruitment

Ernst & Young Accountancy Programme

A levels required

Royal Bank of Scotland Apprenticeships

GCSEs required

KPMG Sponsored Degree 

A Levels required.

PwC Sponsored Degree 

A Levels required.  Also see link on PwC website to opportunities for school and college leavers.

Tesco Higher Apprenticeship Scheme

A Levels required.


A levels required

Armed Forces

Royal Air Force



B Constructive

Nationwide. GCSEs required.


Nationwide. GCSEs required.


Nationwide. Some GCSEs required.


Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical)

Balfour Beatty

Engineering (also may offer opportunities in Quantity Surveying and Facilities Management)


Electrical, Engineering and Plumbing


Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships

Royal Mail

Engineering and Vehicle


Nationwide. GCSEs required.

BAM Nuttall Civil Engineering & Surveying

GCSEs required.

BP Trainee Officer Programme

Nationwide. A Levels required.


Nationwide. GCSEs required.

British Gas 

Nationwide. 4 GCSEs required.

EDF Energy Apprenticeship 

GCSEs required.


Nationwide. GCSEs required.

Laing O'Rourke Advanced Apprenticeship 

GCSEs required.

Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship 

GCSEs required.

NG Bailey

Nationwide. GCSEs incl. Engl/Maths/Science.

National Grid Advanced Apprenticeship 

GCSEs required.

Persimmon Homes

Nationwide. 5 GCSEs required.

Virgin Media

Nationwide. GCSEs required.

Funeral Care


Funeral service apprenticeship



GCSEs or A Levels required


Nationwide. A Levels required.


Microsoft partners QA. GCSEs required. Click here to view their Apprenticeship films!



ITV Apprenticeships

Opportunities in media and business administration.

BBC Apprenticeships

Opportunities in a wide range of disciplines

Retail/Customer Service


Vacancies in legal, HR, food, motors & much more


Applications ongoing


GCSEs required - grades not specified



Hays Travel

Nationwide. GCSEs required.

Thomas Cook

Nationwide. GCSEs required.


Nationwide. No formal qualifcations required.





***TOP TIPS***

  • Closing and enrolment dates may change so check with the individual organisation


  • Also here is a link to a site that advertises school-leavers programmes throughout the year.