Group of young people smilingHave you thought about what comes next?

If you are in Year 9 or older you should be considering your future career and the sort of skills and qualifications you will need if you are to get into your chosen occupation. There are lots of places you can look for information that will help you choose a career and many people who can help you find out about the jobs, education and training that is available.

Helping you to decide on a future career

Check out the following web sites:

  • Career Pathways - offers information on a wide range of careers.
  • Sectors and industries – provides information on a variety business sectors and industries
  • Job descriptions - explains the requirements for many jobs, the possible hours of work, potential income and skills required
  • Employment as an apprentice – details the type of work you could expect to do as an apprentice and the salary you are likely to receive.

Advice is available from...

  • Connexions Newcastle upon Tyne – who have specialist advisers that can offer one to one support, face to face, over the phone or via email.
  • National Careers Service - a national provider of advice and support who you can contact into the evening on most days via telephone, web chat, you can even use social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  They also have an App!
  • Newcastle Futures – a local organisation that offers a free confidential service to help assist unemployed residents of Newcastle get into job and training.  They are available through in a number of community venues.
  • JET - Jobs, Education, Training - a registered local charity that helps BME (Black Minority Ethnic) community, asylum seekers, refugees and new migrant communities to find work, improve their skills and integrate into the community.

Applying for jobs, education or training

Some helpful guides:

What if you are really not sure of what you want to do?

If you are aged 16 or 17 you can get help from Newcastle’s N-gaged programme that offers:

  • support from a named mentor
  • friendly help and advice
  • the chance to do some work experience
  • opportunity to do some training and develop new skills
  • support with your maths and English if you want it

To find out more contact N-gaged:

Alternatively, if you are 16-18 you may be interested in the LA7Youth programme that offers you the chance to:

  • Visit and try out some of the local learning programmes
  • Spend some time in a workplace
  • Get help developing your plan for the future
  • Brush up on your maths and English skills
  • Get help in applying for jobs and training
  • Develop new skills and gain qualifications


Developing your skills

There are lots of places where you can develop your skills and gain qualifications.  Check out some of the websites below.

Sixth Forms

All of Newcastle’s secondary schools and academies have comprehensive sixth form offers.  To find out more visit their websites and have a look at their sixth form offer.


There are a number of colleges within easy travelling distance for young people across Newcastle.  You might want to visit their websites to:


The National Apprenticeship Service On-Line Vacancy Service holds all current vacancies for apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship vacancies: The one stop site for Apprenticeships

They also have an app available from -


Traineeships help young people develop work related skills and offer experience of the ‘world of work.  To find out more have a look at the following website - Traineeships
Learn to Work / Entry Programmes

Entry programmes are available for young people who want to top up their skills, knowledge and experience before embarking on their chosen career.  They also offer the opportunities to try out an occupation through in centre learning or work experience.  Find out about some local programmes below.


Each university has its own website. You should also visit the national UCAS website:

Getting a job

Think as imaginatively as possible about where you might find out about available job vacancies.


  • Talking to friends and family about what you want to do
  • Checking the local newspapers
  • Visit or phone local recruitment agencies
  • Trying speculative letters to companies
  • Visit local companies that may be recruiting
  • Asking professional staff that are working with you for help – talk to teachers, college tutors, careers advisers, youth workers, social workers etc.

Many employers and nationally recognised organisations such as the NHS, local councils, the armed forces, emergency services advertise jobs on their websites.

You might also want to check out the national job search website: Jobsite UK


Volunteering is an excellent way to develop new skills, gain experience and to give something back to your community.

For information visit the Newcastle Volunteer Centre website

Page last updated: 
27 February 2018
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