Engage school leavers

Aimed at ambitious school leavers, TARGETcareers brings together all the information needed to choose a career, apply to university or join a school leaver programme. As an employer, this means unprecedented opportunities to engage with school leavers actively seeking career options. It also allows you to promote your apprenticeship programmes and degree apprenticeships to a highly receptive audience through a variety of multimedia channels.



School students want to know as much about your company as possible. On targetcareers.co.uk you can create a ‘hub’, which will be a focal point for information on school leaver careers with your organisation. Your employer hub can include:

  • a company profile, complete with logo, images and social links.
  • job opportunities (school leaver programmes, including higher apprenticeships).
  • school leaver employee profiles and Inside Buzz reviews to provide a peer-to-peer perspective.
  • videos to showcase your organisation and the stories of recent school leaver recruits.
  • open days and events you are involved in or hosting.
TARGETcareers website across several devices

Job postings

Post your job vacancies on targetcareers.co.uk and students can easily find you in their searches by region, employer, career sector or job type. Upgrade to a 'featured job' for extra visibility in our search listings.

  • Students can search for jobs by region, employer, career sector or job type. They can save searches and shortlist opportunities to their own dashboard.
  • Upload your branded job listings to attract applicants.
  • Upgrade to a Featured Job for extra visibility in our search listings.
  • Ask about sector sponsorship if you want to boost your brand in one of our career sectors — the package includes logo placement throughout sector pages, additional brand advertising, and careers advice/interviews co-written with your recent school leaver recruits or first-year undergraduates.


With our tailored email service, you can target students by year group, postcode, region, UCAS points, school and career sector. Our range of emails include:

  • Job/company alerts – all jobs on TARGETcareers will be mailed to students on our database that match your criteria.
  • Employer emails – promote your recruiter brand and jobs regionally or nationally by telling us your target audience.
  • Events – send out invitations for career events to your local audience.
  • Careers newsletters – promote your employer brand through our careers-focused emails to students, teachers and careers advisers.

In print

We distribute 200,000+ free copies of our school leaver publications to over 6,000 schools and FE colleges. Advertising in our publications means you can showcase your programme to a large, yet highly targeted audience. View the advertising specs here. Publications include:

TARGETcareers Guide to your future

TARGETcareers A guide to your future cover

Find out about the different options for students when they leave school, including university, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and more. You can also see the top 200 employers that school students say they want to work for and read the stories of those already working there.

  • Showcases employers and the landscape of professional school leaver career opportunities available.
  • Essential research tool for school students looking for leading recruiters.
  • Employers in the top 200 can supplement their appearance in the rankings with promotion and branding opportunities.

TARGETcareers Construction, Engineering & Property

TARGETcareers Construction, Engineering & Property cover

Written by our specialist engineering and construction editor, this publication helps students, teachers and parents understand apprenticeship, employer training and university options in construction, engineering and surveying.

  • 25,000+ print copies distributed to every school and further education college in England and Wales, along with the digital version.
  • Digital copies sent to our schools’ database of over 10,000 students.
  • Copies distributed at GTI events, including the National Schools Challenge.
  • Distributed and promoted by key sector partners and employers.
  • The CITB take 20,000 copies

Paths to Professional Careers – a Parent’s Guide

Paths to Professional Careers – a Parent’s Guide

Paths to Professional Careers – a Parent’s Guide is designed for parents of 15 to 18 year old school students who are deciding what to do after their A levels, Scottish Highers or International Baccalaureate.

The guide includes detailed advice on weighing up the benefits of going to university versus joining an employe and gaining higher qualifications while working, checklists of what to research about both options, and profiles of professionals who’ve followed different routes into their careers.

The guide is sponsored by ICAEW – the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

  • 50,000 copies distributed to schools across the UK and in person at careers and skills events.
  • Content written by expert editors.
  • Opportunities to advertise both degree courses and employer programmes such as sponsored degrees and higher apprenticeships.

In person

TARGETcareers School Leavers' Challenge

Meet a targeted selection of the UK's most ambitious and career-minded school leavers face to face by becoming a sponsor of the TARGETcareers School Leavers' Challenge!

This regionalised competition is open to students in years 12 and 13. In the first stage, students compete online, taking fun tests that also assess the skills and attributes expected of successful school-leaver employees. The top 10 scorers in each region progress to the grand final event, where they meet the final set of ‘challenges ‘and sponsor employers.