Careers: Information and Presentations

Apprenticeship Information

A Guide to apprenticeships
Apprenticeship parent packs

Degree apprenticeships

Apprenticeships which include a degree offer the best of both worlds – the opportunity to get a degree while working hands-on and earning. Some employers currently recruiting locally include Syngenta, WSP UK Limited, NHS Digital and Gordons. For more information about degree apprenticeships: and

Local Market Information

Calling all parents and carers!

Many studies state that parents and carers are the single biggest influence on a young person’s career decision making. So, it’s important that you are well informed and have up-to-date information about what is happening in the local labour market.

Did you know…?
There is a mismatch between what people are studying and the jobs that are available. In the Leeds City Region, education and training achievements in ‘Arts, Media and Publishing’ and ‘Leisure, Travel and Tourism’ appear to be over-represented relative to job opportunities. Areas that seem to be under-represented in terms of achievements are ‘Business Administration and Law’, ‘Engineering and Manufacturing’ and ‘Retail and Commercial Enterprise’.

Locally important sectors of the economy in the Leeds City Region are:

  • Business, financial and professional services
  • Advanced manufacturing (including engineering)
  • Food and drink
  • Health and life sciences
  • Low carbon and environmental
  • Creative and digital

These are important in Kirklees along with textiles and in Calderdale businesses in the creative sector are growing.

Things are changing fast in the world of work. New technology and artificial intelligence are in everything from our cars and phones to washing machines. It’s changing the way people work and lots of places are now automated – supermarket self-checkouts, bank ATMs – so in the future it may be harder to get jobs that require few qualifications and skills. Jobs generally working with people will be less affected by automation, and all employers will be looking for people with a wide range of life and transferable skills. For more info:

Leeds is the most important financial services centre outside London. This is a fast-paced industry with opportunities at many levels. It is expected there will be another 41,000 vacancies over the next five years in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Many jobs in this sector need a degree or higher or degree apprenticeship. Skills in demand: design and database management, maths/number skills, communication skills, problem solving, customer services, attention to detail, IT skills. What could you earn? Starting salaries:

  • Private practice accountant £25,000 – 30,000
  • Insurance underwriter £17,000 – 25,000
  • Financial adviser £18,000 – 20,000
  • Customer service adviser – bank £14,000 – 16,000
  • Stockbroker £23,000 – 26,000

For more information on jobs in finance:

Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced manufacturing is changing and many jobs are in clean, high tech workplaces. More people will be needed to do high skilled jobs. There are more people employed in advanced manufacturing in the Leeds City Region than anywhere else in the UK. There is a shortage of engineers – 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed every year to 2024 to fill the skills gap. The average starting salary for engineering and technology graduates is £25,880 (compared to £22,000 for all graduates). 

Did you know…?
There is lots of labour market information in easy to digest form on the website, go to ‘Job trends’.

C&K Careers advisers work in schools and colleges providing careers information, advice and guidance to students from 13 to 19 – go to and look under the ‘young people’ tab.

At The Crossley Heath School your C&K careers adviser is Liz Hirst. She can be contacted via email or telephone: / Tel: 01484 225500 / Mobile: 07827 891697

C&K Careers also have careers centres in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Halifax. For more information please go to and look under the ‘our careers centres’ tab.