Welcome to the Careers Page!

Garforth Academy is committed to providing excellent careers advice, guidance and information to all students in the Academy. The Careers Team consists of Head of Careers Rachel Costoya, Carla Brown and Beth Betts (Careers and Employment Workers) who are based in the 6th form. The team’s aim is to ensure that careers provisions are accessible to students of all ages with all aspirations.

Information on how you as a parent/ carer can support young people plan their future – click here

For useful information to support students with the University application process, click here.

Students can access information on Careers by using This fantastic online resource allows students to search thousands of jobs and research what is needed to work in that profession by using the Careers Library in the platform. Students can speak to Mrs Costoya about how to sign in to use the platform.

Please see Mrs Costoya for registration help.

Another excellent online tool is which allows students to find live apprenticeship and job vacancies either in the local area or nationally

What’s On

Keep up to date with our careers events & information through our school Twittter page @GApost16.

Employability Sessions

We recently held employability sessions in the Lecture Theatre every Wednesday with special guest Susan Black from Michael Page Group. These sessions are to provide information on ‘how to make yourself employable’, discussing:

  • Communication & people skills
  • How to manage social media accounts
  • CV tips
  • Mock interview practice
  • What diffferent employers look for

Work Experience – Year 12 Students

Work Experience Week will take place Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2019. 

All year 12 students are expected to have found a suitable placement for work experience week.

What do I need to do?

  • Find a suitable placement
  • Take employer details to Mrs Thomson (Name of manager, phone number, email address & company address)
  • Pass the employer our email address and ask them to send a copy of their liability insurance-
  • Take home a consent form and bring it back once completed

Careers Club

Mondays (Dates specified in events and via parent email) in the Lecture Theatre from 2:30pm-3:30pm we run a careers club.

We invite special guests in regularly to speak about the different job roles available, giving information on what skills/ qualities needed and how to apply.

 So far we have had talks from:

  • PC Clarkson- West Yorkshire Police/ The Explorers Programme
  • Jenny Whitehead- Daniel Yorath House/ Occupational Therapy
  • Rebecca Reid- Interserve/ Apprenticeships
  • Newcastle University- Medical Sciences/ Dentistry
  • Andrew Mitchell- Unilever/ Engineering/ Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships
  • Allison Jones- British Gas
  • Adam Bradshaw- British Army
  • Alessandro Creazza- Hull University
  • Simon Laughlin- Ginetta
  • Elisha- Performing Arts


Our careers department contribute towards PSHCE from years 7-11 and sixth form.

We have invited in some inspirational speakers and organisations such as Jonathan Lancaster, Newcastle University & Leeds Apprenticeship Hub to help out throughout the year.

These provide interview tips, CV building sessions, application advice and much more!

Careers Events

Throughout the year our careers team organise different events inviting external organisations into the Academy, including:

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Local Businesses
  • Apprenticeship Providers

These will be announced via our Twitter page and the Garforth Academy website.

We encourage our students to think about their goals and research the different sectors they are interested in. All students are welcome to come and speak to a member of the team for advice and guidence with careers.


The CEIAG – (Careers Education Information Advice Guidance) provision in a Delta Academy has been designed to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. Our Careers Programme is personalised to the academy in conjunction with our partners at Careers Inc.

Careers Education and is provided though:

  • Subject Lessons, – Information and discussions in with a subject specific focus to help you make decisions about careers based on subject knowledge and transferable skills.
  • Tutorials, Assemblies & Life Lessons – Discussions and resources about the local market information, growth job sectors and
  • Step Up Days – Events such as employability days

Information, Advice & Guidance is provided through:

  • Careers Cafes & Careers Fairs – Employers, Colleges and Universities will visit the school on a regular basic to talk to you about their industry and how to train and qualify for role in that sector.
  • Careers Portal – You have access to our online Careers Portal.
  • Results Service – a team of advisers will be able to talk through you needs on results day to help you confirm your intended destination.
  • Qualified 1-2-1 Guidance – You also have access to a qualified careers advisor, who will provide confidential and impartial advice to students on the information they have received or to help guide students to make fully informed decisions.
    • Planning for the future – if you have a career idea but want to find out the best route for you or if you have no career ideas our advisers can help you create career ideas around your interests and skills.
    • GCSE & A Level Options – Choosing your options and what would best suit you.
    • Apprenticeships – Finding work or an apprenticeship, including job hunting techniques including mock interviews
    • Parents Evenings – Access to careers advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, enrichment activities, parents and option evenings and on results days
    • Technology – Information and updates will also be available on notice boards, plasma screens and the websites

To see our CEIAG policy, please see our Statutory Information page

To make sure all of our students have access and awareness of a wide variety of opportunities, we would welcome local providers to come and speak to our students at the Academy. If you would like to get in touch to arrange a talk, please contact Mark Newstead (Vice Principal)