CareersInc in Your School
Your CareersInc advisers are John Paley and Karen Humphryes and both will be available in your school every Thursday.
There are also other staff in school that can help such as a learning manager, mentor, support worker or head of year.
What we do:
- If you are in Year 11 you may have a careers interview with a Careers Adviser to talk about your post-16 and post-18 pathway plans and your long term career choices. These are usually arranged through your learning manager.
- We hold drop in sessions in 6th form library during lunchtimes and enrichment times on the days we are in school. Come and see us if you have any queries about your options or career choice.
- We deliver group work sessions on topics such as Apprenticeships and employment options.
- We provide specialist UCAS advice if you are thinking of going to university.
- We attend options events and parents’ evenings to give you advice about your options and future career choices.
Careers Information in Your School
- Careers resources are available in the library including careers publications, sixth form, college and university prospectuses, Apprenticeships information and careers articles.
- We will also post latest news and updates including information about local opportunities and events on the latest news feed on this website.
Find out more about going to a Sixth Form.
- Wakefield College
- New College Pontefract
- Leeds City College
- Greenhead College
- Leeds College of Building
You can explore even more college / training and apprenticeship providers here: UCAS Progress
Find out more about going to college
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available through the following local training providers:
These websites are worth checking on a daily basis
Another place to look can be on the big national job vacancy sites, which also include local search options.
Examples sites include:
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
- Aon Apprenticeship Scheme – A levels required
- 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 – on-going recruitment
- Ernst & Young Accountancy Programme – A levels required
- HSBC Apprenticeship Programme – GCSEs required
- KPMG Sponsored Degree – A Levels required.
- PwC Sponsored Degree – A Levels required.
- Tesco Management Training Scheme – A Levels required.
- Visa – In accounting, business and technology
Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical)
- Discover Engineering – Link to companies that offer apprenticeships
- Balfour Beatty – Engineering
- JTL – Electrical, Engineering and Plumbing
- BAA – Engineering
- Remit – Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships
- Royal Mail – Engineering and Vehicle
- Arqiva – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
- Atomic Weapons Establishment – No qualifications specified.
- BAA – GCSEs required.
- BAM Nuttall Civil Engineering & Surveying – GCSEs required.
- BP Trainee Officer Programme – Nationwide. A Levels required.
- BT – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
- British Gas – Nationwide. 4 GCSEs required.
- EDF Energy Apprenticeship – GCSEs required.
- E:ON – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
- JTL – Nationwide. No qualifications specified but GCSEs preferred.
- Laing O’Rourke Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required.
- Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required.
- NG Bailey – Nationwide. GCSEs incl. English/Maths/Science.
- National Grid Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required.
- Persimmon Homes – Nationwide. 5 GCSEs required.
- Remit Motor Mechanics – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
- Virgin Media – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
- Co-op – Funeral service apprenticeship
- CapGemini – GCSEs or A Levels required
- IBM – Nationwide. A Levels required.
- Microsoft – Berkshire. GCSEs required.
- Microsoft Apprenticeship Films!
- Pearson (formerly Zenos) – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
- Yachting Apprenticship with UKSA – Applications on-going but deadline for bursaries is the end of April
- Hays Travel – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
- Thomas Cook – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
- Tui– Nationwide. No formal qualifications required.
- DHL Nationwide.
The majority of Outwood Grange Post 16 students progress on to higher education (approx. 80%). Higher education is available through the following local colleges and universities.
- UCAS – course search
- SACU-STUDENT – match your A levels to Degrees
- Unistats – compare Universities
- University of Huddersfield
- Leeds Trinity University
- Sheffield Hallam University
- Wakefield College
- Leeds Metropolitan University
- University of Leeds
- University of Bradford
Find out more about Higher Education.
Local Labour Market Information (LMI)
A large number of businesses in this region employ 10 people or less so students need to have a good range of employability skills including communication, team working skills, ability to work on their own initiative, be a self-starter and be motivated to achieve.
In this region some of the main industries creating jobs are:
• Manufacturing – (research and development, product design, precision engineering, customised manufacturing).
• Business and finance sector – (banks, insurance, law, accountancy, estate agency).
• Creative and digital (graphic design, film, app design).
• Healthcare (care roles, research, precision manufacturing, business, building management).
• Hospitality and tourism (hotels, sport and recreation catering and cultural activities).
• Low carbon industries (wind turbines, solar heat etc).
LMI for these areas can be found below:
Top employers advertising online in 2016
Note: some employers will be missing from the table, because many postings are placed by recruitment agencies, which tend not to name the employer.
|National Health Service||1,351||health||various|
|Wakefield Council||215||local authority||Wakefield|
|Bagnall Hopkins||110||accountancy/admin agency||various|
|Wakefield Housing Ltd||101||housing||various|
|West Yorkshire Police||100||police authority||Wakefield|
|Next||76||retail distribution centre||Castelford/Pontefract|
|Futures Ltd||74||engineering agency||various|
|Euro Pro Operating LLC||67||kitchen appliance retail||Wakefield|
|Care UK||64||health and social care||various|
|Futures Co Uk||56||manufacturing agency||Wakefield|
|Academic Appointments Ltd||54||education agency||Wakefield|
|Exemplar Healthcare UK||54||care homes||Wakefield|
|Tudor Employment||45||manufacturing agency||various|
|Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets||38||supermarkets||various|
|Harrats Group||35||car dealership||Wakefield/Pontefract|
|Agency Drivers Network Ltd||34||agency||various|
Key sectors include:
- Logistics and distribution: Wakefield has exploited its ideal transport links to become a key distribution and storage centre, with 9.4% of employment in this sector (4.6% nationwide). There were 2,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2015. Major employers include Asda, Next, Nobert Dentressangle and TK Maxx
- Manufacturing: has 12.7% of employment (19,000 people) compared with 8.1% nation-wide. Major employers in food drink include Coca Cola, Haribo and Warburtons, while Harvard and Rhodes Group are examples of successful engineering companies
- Energy: the next few years will see the construction of a £300 million multi-fuel power plant in Ferrybridge and a £750-million gas-fired power station in Knottingley
- Visitor economy: major attractions include the Hepworth Gallery and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
- Wholesale and retail trades:15.4% of employment (13.9% nationwide) and 23,000 jobs.