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CareersInc in your school

Your CareersInc advisers are John and Magda. You can find them in the 6th form library every Wednesday and Friday

What we do:

  • If you are in Year 11 you will have a careers interview with John or Magda to talk about your post-16 or post-18 pathway plans and your long term career choices. These are usually arranged through your learning manager.
  • We hold drop in sessions in 6th form library during lunchtimes and enrichment times on the days we are in school. Come and see us if you have any queries about your options or career choice.
  • We deliver group work sessions on topics such as Apprenticeships and employment options.
  • We provide specialist UCAS advice if you are thinking of going to university.
  • We attend options events and learning and pathway days to give you advice about your options and future career choices.


Post-16 pathways

Sixth form

Typically 70% of students from this school progress on to the Ofsted outstanding Post 16 – sixth form. A further 20% are likely to go on to Wakefield College. The other 10% would be likely to go to other colleges or an Apprenticeship. Find out more about going to a sixth form.


Wakefield College

New College Pontefract

Leeds City College

Greenhead College

Leeds College of Building

Find out more about going to college.


Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available through the following local training providers:


Find out more about Apprenticeships or search for vacancies.


These websites are worth checking on a daily basis

Another place to look can be on the big national job vacancy sites, which also include local search options.

Examples sites include:


Higher education

The majority of Outwood Grange Post 16 students progress on to higher education (approx. 80%). Higher education is available through the following local colleges and universities.

Find out more about higher education.

UCAS – course search 

SACU-STUDENT – match your A levels to Degrees

Unistats – compare Universities

University of Huddersfield

Leeds Trinity University

Sheffield Hallam University

Wakefield College

Leeds Metropolitan University

University of Leeds

University of Bradford


Local labour market information (LMI)

A large number of businesses in this region employ 10 people or less so students need to have a good range of employability skills including communication, team working skills, ability to work on their own initiative, be a self-starter and be motivated to achieve.

In this region some of the main industries creating jobs are:

  • Manufacturing – (research and development, product design, precision engineering, customised manufacturing).
  • Business and finance sector – (banks, insurance, law, accountancy, estate agency).
  • Creative and digital (graphic design, film, app design).
  • Healthcare (care roles, research, precision manufacturing, business, building management).
  • Hospitality and tourism (hotels, sport and recreation catering and cultural activities).
  • Low carbon industries (wind turbines, solar heat etc).

LMI for these areas can be found below:

Leeds City Region

National Careers Service

Inspiring Yorkshire and Humber

Top employers advertising online in 2016

Note: some employers will be missing from the table, because many postings are placed by recruitment agencies, which tend not to name the employer.

 Employer Vacancies  Sector  Location
 National Health Service 1,351  health  various
 Wakefield Council 215  local authority  Wakefield
 Wakefield College 128  education  Wakefield
 Page Personnel 113  agency  various
 Bagnall Hopkins 110  accountancy/admin agency  various
 Wakefield Housing Ltd 101  housing  various
 West Yorkshire Police 100  police authority  Wakefield
 Next 76  retail distribution centre  Castelford/Pontefract
 Futures Ltd 74  engineering agency  various
 Euro Pro Operating LLC 67  kitchen appliance retail  Wakefield
 Care UK 64  health and social care  various
 Interserve 60  construction/support services  various
 Futures Co Uk 56  manufacturing agency  Wakefield
 Academic Appointments Ltd 54  education agency  Wakefield
 Exemplar Healthcare UK 54  care homes  Wakefield
 Tudor Employment 45  manufacturing agency  various
 Sodexo 42  food services/facilities  various
 Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets 38  supermarkets  various
 Harrats Group 35  car dealership  Wakefield/Pontefract
 Agency Drivers Network Ltd 34  agency  various

Wakefield was once largely dependent on mining and traditional manufacturing industries, but now has a more diverse economy built on urban regeneration, with services and distribution among the main employers.

Key sectors include:

  • Logistics and distribution: Wakefield has exploited its ideal transport links to become a key distribution and storage centre, with 9.4% of employment in this sector (4.6% nationwide). There were 2,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2015. Major employers include Asda, Next, Nobert Dentressangle and TK Maxx
  • Manufacturing: has 12.7% of employment (19,000 people) compared with 8.1% nation-wide. Major employers in food drink include Coca Cola, Haribo and Warburtons, while Harvard and Rhodes Group are examples of successful engineering companies
  • Energy: the next few years will see the construction of a £300 million multi-fuel power plant in Ferrybridge and a £750-million gas-fired power station in Knottingley
  • Visitor economy: major attractions include the Hepworth Gallery and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
  • Wholesale and retail trades:15.4% of employment (13.9% nationwide) and 23,000 jobs.

Latest News

Looking forward to @OutwoodBydales Careers fair tonight!! Please come along and speak to all of the exhibitors. We have a whole range of industries there tonight so it's a great oppertunity to gather lots of Careers information. 5pm - 7pm 😊

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