Helping young people on to the right path for learning, training and employment

A new guide for teachers and parents to help young people plan for their future has been launched this week.

The Leeds Pathways website, which is provided by Leeds City Council, already helps young people plan their future options after Year 11 – be it further education, training, apprenticeships or employment. To recognise that most young people would turn to their parents or teachers for help, the website has now been redeveloped to help support this process.

This new resource will help parents and professionals support young people with understanding their options and making online applications for their next step after Year 11.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“Most young people turn to their parents or teachers to help them take the next step after school - which is one of the most important decisions anyone will ever make - so it is vital they are able to access the most appropriate and detailed information to help them.

“Not only do young people now have to stay in learning for longer but they also have to meet employer expectations of being skilled and ready for a competitive job market. So supporting our young people to be well prepared and fully aware of their options is really important.”

Leeds Pathways (leedspathways.org)is the website Leeds City Council provides for the young people of Leeds to help plan for their future. There is something for every young person, whatever their aspirations, level of ability and personal circumstances. With the support of their school and their parents students are able to use the website to look at the full range of learning options and to explore employment opportunities available in the local labour market. Current year 11 students are now able to make an online application for the course or learning of their choice.

Members of Leeds Youth Council helped to make a video which shows why young people think career information and advice is so important to them, which can be viewed here: www.leedstandp.org.uk/

Some young people also need extra support to help them move on, and not just after Year 11, but right through to age 19. Leeds City Council has put in place services to make sure that all young people are able to access the support they need:

• the Connexions Leeds Service: provides expert advice, both face-to-face and online for those who need extra help. Over the summer Connexions Leeds have provided direct support to over 5000 young people in Leeds between the ages of 16 and 19 (or 25 where a young person has special educational needs). www.leedspathways.org.uk/connexions/

• the Connexions Centre, a newly refurbished hub in Eastgate for young people. As well as visiting the centre young people can contact Connexions online through Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/connexionsleeds or ask for an appointment with an adviser.

• the Youth Contract focuses on helping 16-17 year olds who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to get into education, training or employment; Since September 2012, over 650 young people have joined the Youth Contract programme in Leeds, with 61% of these young people already helped to move on into further learning.


For more information or to give feedback, people can contact the Leeds Pathways team using the Feedback button on the Leeds Pathways home page.

To help schools and academies meet their statutory duties around Information, Advice and Guidance for their pupils Leeds City Council offers support, including a Self-Assessment Toolkit which can be used to evaluate Career Development practice against Ofsted’s standards. Additionally, the council provides a Careers Education Network to all schools and colleges as a forum for improving and sharing good practice, with the aim of building partnerships across Leeds.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk