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Leeds is an exciting place to live, learn and work. Start in Leeds brings together the best information and inspiration about careers and study in this thriving city.

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445,000 jobs in UK’s 3rd largest city

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33,500 registered businesses from start-ups to multinationals

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448,000 undergraduates studying at 6 higher education institutions

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58,000 students in schools, sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeships

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Information for Students

Start in Leeds will help you to discover your future and navigate your journey through education and in to the world of work. Register to create an account so that you can start building your profile and receive personalised information and advice.

Home Learning Activities

If you’re at home during the UK school closures, we’ve created a series of activities to help guide you through some of the important areas of careers thinking and planning.

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Post-18: What can I do?

The best information on continuing your education or career in Leeds

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Applying for an apprenticeship

Understand the facts, get yourself prepared and find an opportunity

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Start to Apply

Search and apply for post-16 education and training

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

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Information for Parents & Carers

Start in Leeds will help you to understand the choices that young people face as they progress through their education and in to employment. You’ll find a wide range of information and advice about study pathways and careers. Check out some articles below to get started.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Home Learning Activities for Students

If your child is at home during the UK school closures, we’ve created a series of engaging activities on Start designed to inspire and inform them about their future.

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Explained: Options at 16

College, apprenticeship or sixth form? What’s the difference?

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Post-18 options explained

Is university the only option and what help is available?

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Apprenticeships. What’s Involved?

Benefits of apprenticeships and the opportunities they provide

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Information for Educators

Start in Leeds can be used by schools and colleges to support current and future students with their career development and choices. Find out more below.

Current students

Using Start in Leeds helps schools and colleges to embed a digital solution as part of their broader careers provision to accelerate progress towards the Gatsby benchmarks and support student transition from school and college to employment.

In addition to the wide range of information, tools and resources available schools and colleges can also access support to implement and embed a plan for using Start in Leeds with staff and students. Contact us for more information.

Future students

Start to Apply is the city’s post-16 course search and application platform – accessible to the thousands of students using Start in Leeds. Schools across the city are trained and supported to use Start to Apply to help students make a successful transition.

Providers of post-16 education and training (including apprenticeships) can use Start to Apply to list courses, receive and manage applications. Contact us for more information.

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Start to Apply

Find out more about the city's post-16 application platform

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Information for Employers

Start in Leeds can help you to reach thousands of students in schools and colleges to positively influence and inform the choices of a wide and diverse range of future talent.

Leeds Careers Charter

Pledge to get involved and help to shape the skills and aspirations of the next generation.

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Three Minute Hero

Everyone has a story to tell and the Three Minute Hero campaign can help you to share it. Record and share your career story with young people across Leeds.

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Profile your business for free on Start in Leeds

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List your opportunities for students, schools and colleges

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Latest News

COVID-19 UPDATE: Home Learning Activities for Students

If your students are at home during the UK school closures, we’ve created a series of Home Learning Activities on Start to help them stay engaged with their careers learning.

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Get Your Introduction to a Career in Hospitality

Come along to talk to a number of Leeds hospitality employers about the range of opportunities for young people in this sector

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Careers in Construction and the Built Environment

Promoting Construction West Yorkshire and ENGIE would like to invite you to an afternoon learning about Careers in Construction and the Built Environment.

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Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair 2020

The largest apprenticeship exhibition in the north. Over 100 companies will be recruiting apprentices, so come along and find out what they have to offer.

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Profile your business on Start in Leeds

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Raise your profile amongst thousands of students in schools and colleges across Leeds as they make their next steps through education in to employment. Use the form below to tell us about your business. We'll use the information to create your profile and someone will be in touch when it goes live. There is no cost for this service and you can contact us to change your information at any time.

No personal details provided, including your name, email or phone number, will be shown on your profile.

Please note that we will check and reserve the right to edit your submission.


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List your opportunities for students, schools and colleges

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Promote details of the opportunities you offer to schools and colleges for the benefit of students in Leeds e.g. work placements, insight days, talks and workshops. There is no cost for this service. Please use the form below to provide basic details and someone will be in touch with more information to help you list your opportunities.


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