Useful contacts

Want to speak to someone?

Your school or college may have a careers advisor you can see.

In England, you can call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 to speak to an advisor. Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

For careers advice in other parts of the UK see:

Careers Wales

Skills Development Scotland – My World of Work

Careers Service Northern Ireland

If you’d like to speak to someone about a more general problem, see Where to get help, advice and support for details of helplines and other useful contacts.

Apprenticeships, Traineeships and entry-level jobs

Apprenticeships and Traineeships are all listed on the government website:

Apprenticeships

Traineeships

The following sites also advertise vacancies:

Notgoingtouni – apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, distance learning and jobs for school and college leavers

Milkround School Leavers – opportunities for school leavers

University

UCAS – university options and applications

Bright Knowledge – guide to careers, education and student life

OpenLearn – try a free online taster course from the Open University. Courses are short and can give you a flavour of what studying a subject at university might be like.

Skills and training

See Easy ways to learn new skills for free and low-cost ways to boost your skills.

WEA – adult education provider

Finding a job

If you’re looking for a job, there are lots of different job sites.  Here’s a short selection:

General vacancies

Find a job  (government website linked to Job Centres)

Indeed

Monster

Reed

Jobs by type or sector

Civil Service Jobs – jobs working for the government or government agencies

Local Government Jobs – jobs working for councils or local authorities

Jobs Go Public – public sector jobs in local government, charities, education, housing and more

NHS Jobs

The Guardian Jobs – charities, schools, government, social care, media, marketing and more

Graduate jobs

Milkround – student and graduate jobs

Prospects – graduate jobs, work experience and postgraduate study

Trade press and websites

Magazines, newspapers or websites which cover news and issues relating to a given industry can also be a good place to look for jobs. Find relevant trade publications by searching online, asking at your local library, or speaking to people in your chosen industry. Many trade titles are now digital-only, but some still produce printed versions – visit a large newsagent to see what’s out there.

Professional bodies and associations

Some professions are linked to a professional body or association – an organisation which oversees professional training or campaigns on relevant issues. They can be a good source of information about starting out.

List of UK professional associations

Sector Skills Councils

Some job types have specialist organisations which support and develop the skills of their workforce called sector skills councils. Again, they can be a good place to find information and advice about starting out in an industry.

Cogent Skills – science industries

Creative & Cultural Skills – craft, design, music, performance, visual arts

Energy and Utility Skills – gas, power, water and waste management

Institute of the Motor Industry – retail motor industry

LANTRA – land and environmental industries

National Skills Academy for Food and Drink

ScreenSkills – film, TV, VFX, animation and games

Semta – engineering and advanced manufacturing

SkillsActive – active leisure, learning and wellbeing

Skills for Care and Development – social work, care and children’s services

Skills for Health

Skills for Justice – justice, fire and rescue, local government and armed forces