TARGETcareers: launching soon for the UK’s school leavers

TARGETcareers: careers help and advice for school leavers

Group GTI is excited to announce the launch of TARGETcareers, a series of career products and services to support school leavers in planning their professional career paths via university, higher apprenticeships or school leaver schemes.

With over 25 years' experience of producing market leading careers advice products and services for the graduate market under the brands TARGETjobs, TARGETjobs Events and TARGETpostgrad, GTI is ideally placed to meet the growing need for careers advice for 15–18 year olds. The TARGETcareers product portfolio has been produced following detailed research through the trendence School Leaver Barometer and the parental influence report, focus groups with current A level students and discussions with key stakeholders, to ensure it meets the essential needs of students, teachers and parents.

Only 14% of students are aware of School Leaver programmes currently offered by national employers
Source – trendence school leaver barometer 2014

Publications from TARGETcareers

Our first publications, detailed below, are out now with more products to launch in 2015. If you are responsible for careers within your school and would like more information please email TARGETcareers. For any advertising enquires please email our sales team.

100 most popular employers for School Leavers

The UK's 100 Most Popular Employers for School Leavers

A ranking of the most popular employer and university brands as voted for by 7,000 school and further education students in years 10–13.

Find out more about the top 100 employers in the UK that offer school leaver and apprenticeship programmes, divided by sector and region. Plus the top 20 ranking of the most popular universities voted for by your peers.

Download your copy

TARGETcareers Construction, Engineering and Property

TARGETcareers Construction, Engineering and Property

For students and parents of students aged 14–19 interested in a career in engineering, surveying, construction and property. It will help you choose and get started on your career journey either via university or within an employer apprenticeship or school leaver scheme.

Download your copy

Our students gained a great deal from being able to research such a wide range of school-leaver opportunities in one place. It has given a number of them the boost they needed to start finding out more about the options open to them, and has kick-started some lively discussions within the common room.
Mr Will Abell, Head of Sixth Form, Freman College
The <strong>trend</strong>ence School Leaver Barometer 2015

The trendence School Leaver Barometer 2015

The 2015 School Leaver Barometer has now closed for responses.

On behalf of the trendence and CASCAiD teams we would like to thank all students who completed the survey, and all schools/colleges who distributed the survey to their students on our behalf. We have collected some vital information from 15-18 year olds, covering topics such as:

  • Their experiences of careers guidance at school/college
  • What career paths they plan to take in the future
  • What employers they wish to work for in the future

We will be producing a research report with all the information gathered, highlighting key themes and trends from the results, and we look forward to sharing this with you when finalised. If you would like to see the report produced following the 2014 survey please click here.

The 2015 School Leaver report will be available for download from September. To be one of the first to receive the report please enter your details here.

Are you a student?

If you are student and would like some more information on the different options available to you when you leave school/college then why not check out our ‘The UK's 100 Most Popular Employers for School Leavers’ or ‘TARGETcareers Construction, Engineering and Property’ publications found above.

Are you a teacher or school staff member?

If you work in a school or college and would like to keep up-to-date with all the latest news from TARGETcareers, including details of the full launch of website coming in September, please email us to join the mailing list.

Research reports from GTI

Research reports from GTI

Group GTI regularly produces research snapshots and white papers. You may be interested in reading the trendence School Leaver Barometer 2014, produced in partnership with CASCAiD, or our Parental Influence report, produced in partnership with AGCAS. Both can be found here: If you have any questions about the research please get in contact.

National Schools' Challenge logo

TARGETcareers School Leavers’ Challenge 2016

The TARGETcareers School Leavers' Challenge is a unique competition based event which identifies the brightest and most “work ready” 16 – 18 year olds from across the UK.

Thousands of students will enter the competition from September to compete against their peers and friends and attempt to rank as high as possible on their regions’ leaderboard, by completing a series of “strengths” based assessments online, powered by our testing partner, Capp.

Each of the UK’s 10 regions will be sponsored by a prominent school leaver or apprentice employer, and the top 10 scoring students from each region will be invited to a “Grand Final” event in London in February 2016, hosted by our headline partner BT.

At the final, students will compete to win prizes, taking part in assessment centre style “challenges” and gaining experience of the typical exercises employers use in real life when selecting candidates. They will also hear firsthand about the school leaver and apprenticeship programmes on offer from the partnering employers, and have the chance to put their questions directly to recruiters and gain expert career advice.

The competition will be promoted directly to key contacts in over 4,500 schools, as well as in person to students at careers fairs nationwide including the regional “Skills Shows”.

To find out more, contact Kirsty Drummond, Account Director on 0207 063 1932 /

TARGETcareers is proud to work with

ACCA AECOM CII ICAEW Jaguar Land Rover National Grid PwC RBS The Tech Partnership