What Next after School

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There are many different options when you reach school leaving age, stay at school? go to college? Leave and get employment or an apprenticeship.

Whatever you choose to do a good starting point would be a Connexions Personal Advisor.  Connexions advisors can help with careers, further education options, help with filling in application forms.

If you have a disability most Connexions centres have specialsts dealing with Learning Difficulties and disabilities who can give you advice.

For your local connexions centre contact www.connexionswakefield.co.uk


Courses and Qualifications

If you decide to continue gaining qualifications there are several ways in which you can get these.

Vocational Courses

These courses help you do a specific job.  Vocational courses cover occupations such as – catering, tourism, hairdressing, building trades, mechanics and many many more.  These qualifications are normally done part time whilst working or doing an apprenticeship.  Most vocational courses lead to National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

Work related courses

These courses help you develop skills and knowledge around future careers such as health and social care, business, art, leisure and many more subjects.  The qualifications you can gain from these courses are BTEC’s, OCR Nationals and Diplomas and A Levels.

General Courses

These are courses that continue on from school in subjects such as English, Maths, Science etc  At AS/A level there are also other subjects you can study which will help in future careers.  This option generally leads onto higher education.

Looking for Employment

There are several places you can look for a job

  • Local Newspapers
  • Connexions Centre
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Shop Windows

Other things you can do

  • Ask Family/Friends
  • Call into businesses and ask about any vacancies
  • Sending a CV to companies

CV’s and Letters of Application

A CV (curriculum Vitae) is up to date information about yourself and your employment experience/history.  A CV should be kept short and ideally typed up.  If you need any help in doing a CV speak to your local connexions centre.

A company may ask for a letter of application when applying for a job some points to note when doing a letter are:

  • Ensure your name and address are on the letter
  • Ensure it is clear as to what job your applying for
  • Include a couple of lines about why your interested in the job
  • Include dates when you are available for interview


Useful Websites for Job-search

General job-search websites:

Go Higher West Yorkshire



Youth Direct


Universal Jobmatch




Monster Jobs


Total Jobs




Wakefield Express (Jobs Today)




CV Library


Good websites for young people:

National Apprenticeships Service


Inspire & Educate Ltd (Traineeships & Apprenticeships)


Get My First Job


Not Going to Uni


Jobs for Students


The Big Choice


School Leaver Jobs


Information sourced from www.youthfax.org

Wakefield First – Apprenticeship Vacancies


Wakefield Council Youth Work Team is a subsidiary of WMDC Children and Young People's Directorate (c) Wakefield Council 2013