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School and College Leavers

Are you ready to take your next step?

After 10+ years of education, possibly in the same area with familiar faces - now’s the time to leap in a new direction.

This next step will be different. This is your opportunity to discover your strengths and passions, create opportunities for yourself and help others.

Growth Works with Skills work closely with local employers and education providers to bring your options together, our Platform has all the resources you need to decide what to do next.

What options are available?

Prepare for your next step by researching the many options and opportunities available


Funded training courses

There are numerous funded courses available that prepare you for the working world, or help to gain experience and knowledge in your career of choice.

These include

Traineeships that help you prepare for a job or an apprenticeship
Internships, get used to the world of work, or try something new
Apprenticeships, learn and earn in a variety of industries
Fully funded courses that fit around work and life commitments
Free SkillsBootcamps and volunteering

To search for courses click here


Find a local job

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is home to the UK headquarters of major global companies like Caterpillar, AstraZeneca, Amazon, Samsung, and AgriGrub.

Our search engine brings together over 16,000 job adverts in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Search the jobs nearest to you by keyword or distance, or visit our Priority Sectors page and access opportunities by sector.


Learn and earn with an apprenticeship.

If you’re unsure of what you’d like to do next or simply want to get out of a schooling mindset, an Apprenticeship is a great way to discover your career path and could lead to further learning opportunities.

Growth Works with Skills works closely with local employers to share opportunities for apprenticeships to School Leavers. By the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need for the career you’ve chosen.

Phoebe tells her apprenticeship story

Growth Works with Skills have supported Softwerx, a local up and coming business with their apprenticeship programme. 

At the Cambridgeshire apprenticeship awards 2021 Phoebe Ward, Microsoft Research Analyst was highly commended in the team work category. She started in 2020 and is in her second year of a degree apprenticeship also at Anglia Ruskin University. Phoebe grew up in Cambridgeshire and enjoys exploring the city outside of work. Her focus is on events, the website, social media and networking and she has done outstanding collaborative work with colleagues inside of Softwerx as well as with the company’s broader network. Watch her video  of her experiences and tips for aspiring apprentices. 

Search for local opportunities

Search across thousands of local job, apprenticeship and learning opportunities