Apprenticeships & Employment


The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

The NAS website: has lots of information about apprenticeships for young people, their parents and prospective employers. It also includes listings of current vacancies although you need to be registered in order to actually apply for any of these vacancies. In addition, it contains some excellent support materials for making a successful application:

Rising Star

Rising Star: is a recruitment business, located in South Tyneside, who are totally focused on helping young people find employment.They list current vacancies on their website and also support individuals with their applications through the employment ‘boot camps’ that they run.


In addition to having a university course search, Unifrog also gives useful LMI about different sector areas and allows you to search for apprenticeship and school leaver programmes. For log-in details, please see your form tutor, Mr Burroughs or Mr Murphy.

Not Going to Uni

Not Going to Uni: is a useful website if you want to consider other options, rather than progressing onto university at the end of your A-level studies.

Get My First Job

Get My First Job: contains information about apprenticeships and traineeships as well as a job search function.

Top Tips for school leavers

This is a short video, produced by EY, with top tips from students and experts to help you succeed when making those important job applications for the career of your choice.

School Leaver Programmes

School leaver programmes are increasing in number and provide a fantastic alternative to Higher Education – although many of the programmes also involve you studying for a degree whilst getting paid and gaining important work experience.

Degree Level Apprenticeship

If you are interested in degree level apprenticeships, then you can use the UCAS Career Finder tool: to search for opportunities.

Student Ladder

If you are interested in working for a major national/international company like those listed below, go to the Student Ladder website: and do some research on their school leaver programmes or work experience opportunities. There are ICT, financial, engineering, legal, human resource, accountancy opportunities, amongst others, available.

Here are some examples of the types of companies who offer school leaver programmes: British Airways, Bank of England, KPMG, Laing O’Rourke, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Siemens, Mars, Aviva, Channel 4, IBM, Boots and Harrods.”

Similar opportunities are also advertised on:

Rate my Apprenticeship:

All About Careers:

Labour Market Information

National Guidance Research Forum

This very informative website: contains information about the labour market, including on future trends

The Labour Market North-East

This website: contains plenty of regional labour market information, as well as recent news articles that will allow you to research areas of growth and decline, helping you to make more informed decisions regarding your future plans – if you want to stay in the NE.

Government Statistics

The government has a statistics website: that contains information on a range of social and economic statistics including on the UK’s labour market.

Where The Work Is

Where The Work Is ( is an interactive tool that enables users to explore demand for particular occupations and the potential salary benefits and likely competition for these positions. The findings can be shown at UK-wide, national and regional levels.


South Shields Gazette

The South Shields Gazette: has a jobs section, with details of vacancies in the local area.


The TUC website: has some job search advice as well as information about employees’ rights at work. It also has an excellent link to the details of a number of reputable recruitment agencies in the local area.

Universal Jobmatch

This is a government website: that employers can use to advertise vacancies. It is very similar to the National Apprenticeship Service website but it is focussed on jobs rather than apprenticeships.

LG Jobs

LG Jobs: is a website that advertises Local Government vacancies.

Recruitment Agencies

You could also apply for vacancies through a number of different job websites/recruitment agencies. Here are some examples:

Fish 4 Jobs: (This is the official website for the Chronicle’s jobs)



If you are interested in setting up your own business, the government has a website that can help you consider what you need to do: