Get involved with apprenticeships and careers to help set your future. Learn lessons that can't be taught in class and aspirations for Kirklees schools in the future.

When was the last time you felt unstoppable?

If you accept the challenge and come on NCS, this summer could be the most rewarding, mind-opening, barrier-smashing summer of your life!

With NCS you'll experience living away from home, develop new skills, work with a local social action project and meet some amazing people.

You can join the 400,000 young people aged 15-17 across the country who have already taken part after saying yes to #NCS.

Great things happen to those who 'graduate' this programme. All NCS grads receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister which looks great on your UCAS personal statement or CV.

There is a cost of £50 (max) which covers the whole programme, including events, activities, food, accommodation and travel. Shorter events are also available during spring and autumn school holidays.

Talk to your parents/guardians first and sign up to make sure you don't miss out.

For more information, including available dates, go to the NCS website or search @NCS on facebook or twitter. Want to see what it's like? Watch the Unstoppable stories from previous grads.


An apprenticeship could be for you if you know which area of work you want to get into and are ready to go out into the work place.

As an apprentice most of your time would be spent with your employer but you'd also spend regular time at a college or training provider centre gaining additional knowledge and skills. It's a very practical "hands on" way of learning. During your apprenticeship you'd work towards a range of work related qualifications.

As an apprentice you'd earn a minimum of £2.65 per hour. This amount is usually a starting point. Your pay may rise as your skills and ability to do your job increases.

There are apprenticeships available in many different industries. Nationally there are over 200 types of apprenticeship available so there's plenty of choice. There are three levels of apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate level apprenticeships - level 2
  • Advanced level apprenticeships - level 3
  • Higher apprenticeships - level 4 (usually taken at 18+)

There are no set entry requirements but some apprenticeships may ask for certain grades. apprenticeships usually last between one and three years, though some can take longer. The length of yours would depend on the type and level of apprenticeship, your ability and your employer's needs.

The apprenticeship that's right for you will depend on your interests, ability, level of qualifications and what's available locally. The National apprenticeship website can tell you all you need to about apprenticeships.


ckcareersonline can help you make the right career choice whatever stage you're at! You may be aged 13-19 and thinking about getting a job, going on a course or doing some training.

Kirklees schools aspirations for the future

Five Kirklees schools along with some Kirklees College apprentices volunteered to be filmed discussing their aspirations for the future.

Watch these four short videos and to find out what our children think about learning in Kirklees.

Chapter 1 - Supporting nurturing and caring

Chapter 2 - Preparing for life

Chapter 3 - Reaching for the stars

Chapter 4 - There's no limit to where children will go