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Where to go for help when you have left school

School Help

Our Careers Co-ordinator will always try to help you once you have left even if it is just a phone call telling you what the best thing is for you to do next. Pat Periot-McCann is only available during term time and therefore it is important to know what support is available outside of school to help you to move on with your plans.

If you do need help: Mrs Fiona Gilbank can be contacted by email on fiona.gilbank@elawnswood.co.uk or by phoning the school.

National Help

When students leave school there is no longer a local Careers Service available. Instead there is now a national telephone and online careers service called the National Careers Service .If you've got any questions or queries about jobs, careers, learning or training, their Advisers are available between 8am and 10pm, seven days a week.https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

National Careers Service advisers can help you:

  • develop your CV
  • search and apply for jobs
  • understand the job market
  • search for courses and training schemes
  • find funding to support any learning
  • identify your key strengths and skills
  • explore your career options
  • choose training routes that fit your lifestyle

Local Help in Leeds

In addition in Leeds there is a company called IGEN which works with young people that are not placed in anything to move onto Employment, Education or Training. It is worth attending one of their job search sessions or phoning them to make an appointment.

Aspire-igen Opportunity Centre, No 1 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7LY

We provide practical help, guidance and support about taking the next steps towards learning and work so you can realise your aspirations and dreams.  Aspire-to-Work – get the skills and experience to move forward (For 16 to 19 year olds)

Call 0113 225 9000

Or  drop in Monday – Friday 8am - 5pm


Many School-leavers who do not want to continue in education go on an apprenticeship, which is work-based training. Apprenticeships are available to young people aged 16 – 25 in many job areas and they give students the opportunity to gain a qualification whilst working and getting training allowance. You learn on the job with an employer and study at college or with a training provider on day or block release.  Vacancies are advertised through The National Apprenticeship website




General Job search sites for various jobs & skill areas

Jobcentre Vacancies: http://jobseekers.direct.gov.uk

Jobs in Leeds:   







Fish4jobs http://www.fish4.co.uk/jobs/search/location-leeds/areaid-205749/

Yorkshire Post: www.jobstoday.co.uk

Leeds City Council jobs: http://jobs.leeds.gov.uk/

Call centre work - Leeds is one of the UK’s largest centres for telephone-based customer services, or ‘call centres’. Work is available with banks, insurance companies, local government and many other organisations. They advertise locally in Jobcentres, Connexions Centres, the local press, and often take speculative applications. www.callcentrejobvacancies.co.uk

Transport jobs:

British Waterways: www.britishwaterways.co.uk/home

Highways Agency: www.highways.gov.uk/jobs

British Airways: www.britishairwaysjobs.com

Network Rail: www.networkrail.co.uk

Metro: www.wymetro.comjob search sites

Jet2: www.jet2com/jobs

Leeds & Bradford Airport: www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/jobs

Uniformed Services/Security

West Yorkshire Police: www.westyorkshire.police.uk

AP Security (sporting & music events): www.apsecurity.co.uk or tel. 0870 366 5878

Leeds United: www.leedsunited.com/page/CareersIndex/0,,10273,00.html

Group 4 Securicor: www.g4s.com


Leeds Trinity:  http://trinityleeds.com/jobs-and-vacancies

White Rose Centre: http://www.white-rose.co.uk/jobs-and-vacancies

Merrion Centre: http://merrioncentre.co.uk/job-vacancies

Sports & Leisure

Gala Casinos: www.casinocareers.co.uk

Leisure Jobs:      www.leisurejobs.co.uk, http://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/

Museum Jobs: www.museumjobs.com

Social Care


Charities and voluntary sector: www.charitypeople.co.uk



Hotel & Catering

Many large hotels will have online recruitment so google the organisations you are interested in.

Jobs in Hotels:www.jobsinhotels.co.uk/Default.asp?page=59

Catering: www.caterer.com/

Customer Services

Barclays: www.barclays.com/careers

British Gas: www.britishgasjobs.co.uk

First Direct: www.firstdirect.com/jobs or call 0808 10000 127

Halifax: www.halifax-careers.com/

HBOS General Insurance: www.halifaxgi.co.uk

Lloyds TSB: http://lloydsbankinggroup-careers.com/

Nationwide: 0800 1690 100

02: www.o2.co.uk/careers or call 0800 032 10 02

Royal Bank of Scotland: www.jobs.rbs.com/uk or call 08000 515727

Ventura: www.venturacareers.co.uk or call 0845 3103233

Yorkshire Building Society: www.ybs.co.uk or call 0870 234 2312


bconstuctive: www.bconstructive.org.uk

Target jobs: http://targetjobsschoolleaver.co.uk/home

Construction-Yorkshire: http://www.construction-yorkshire.org.uk/construction-workers-register/

Business, Finance & Law

Barclays: www.barclays.com/careers

Halifax: http://www.halifax-careers.com/

www.jobsgopublic.com- advertises a wide range of public sector vacancies: local council posts, fire and police services, Civil Service, probation service, charities and so on.

www.jobs.nhs.uk- at the time of writing this site had 6,659 health service vacancies, with links to careers information and all other NHS websites.

Lawnswood School continues to be a good school!

See our recent Ofsted feedback here >>