School Leaver Opportunities

Please use the links below to access information on school leaver employment opportunities.

Reading FC Community Trust Sport Study Programme - NCFE Sport Qualification

Reading FC Community Trust is offering the opportunity to study a post 16 NCFE qualification in sport for next academic year (September 2021).

Click here to find out more.

Software Engineer Apprenticeships

"At the UK Intelligence Agencies, we protect the UK from a range of threats, including terrorism and espionage. It’s work we couldn’t do without our software engineers. That’s where our Software Engineer Apprenticeship comes in. You’ll build and maintain some of the world’s most advanced tech – all while working towards a BSc Honours degree. While an interest in programming would be great, we don’t expect you to have fully developed skills. Instead, you just need to be keen to learn. We’ll teach you the rest. There are apprenticeship places available in London and Manchester. Find out more and apply today." —UK Intelligence Agencies

Audit, Consulting, Deals, Tax and Technology opportunities At PwC

You can expect to be part of a stimulating environment working on challenging projects where you’ll have access to a world of opportunity and experiences, in a culture that embraces difference. No matter what your background, PwC have a range of roles to suit everyone.

ibm 12 Month Placement Scheme

IBM’s Business and Technology Futures roles are open now! The Futures Placement scheme offers you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company for 12-months, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.  You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure about what to do next, the IBM's Futures Scheme is for you. The Futures Scheme is IBM’s Gap Year program offering a year’s internship - a try before you commit scheme. IBM offer you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.  You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals across IBM. At the end of your placement, it’s in your hands. IBM offer both Business and Technical Placements, with both taking place over a year!  You will benefit from a £18,000 starting salary, a £1,000 bonus and much more! To find more, and to apply visit:  

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

We are recruiting for wholetime firefighters, with the application process opening on Monday, 15 July 2019.

The role of a firefighter is varied and as well as responding to a range of incidents, it includes providing fire safety advice and engaging with local communities, through safety advice events, education activities and campaigns.

There isn’t one stereotypical firefighter and we’re keen to encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Our #OneTeamForBerkshire campaign will highlight the diversity of both people and roles within the Service, all with the shared goal of serving the people of Royal Berkshire.

If you’re interested, find out more information the website

Grant Thornton’s insight evening in Reading

Visit the Reading office to hear about trainee opportunities, meet colleagues, and grab a slice of the action (pizza!) on Tuesday 27 November, from 17:00 – 19:30 at 1020 Eskdale Road, Winnersh Triangle, Wokingham, RG41 5TS.

Places are based on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today at!

The evening will be a mix of informal networking, talks about our different service lines, a chance for Q&A, as well as the opportunity to speak to some of our current trainees to find out first-hand how they find their role and training, and even some insiders tips about how to ace our recruitment process.

We hope you’ll leave the evening fully clued up about what to expect for a career in accountancy and professional services.

Geoffrey Cole & Co Ltd- Trainee Accountant Position

We are looking for a bright A-Level leaver to join our practice to further their career as a qualified accountant.  I have attached an outline of the fantastic position we are offering and would welcome any CV’s or details of individuals who you may feel would be interested in this role.

Sainsburys Calcot, Reading - Food Science Technician

There is an opportunity at the Calcot Reading store for a Food Science Technician who will have the opportunity to progress to a Food Technologist and beyond.  They are looking for candidates with the equivalent of 2 A Levels at grade B or above, including a science subject.  More information can be found at

Entry level Food Science opportunity - Calcot Hub -  180001RV)


On offer: a voyage of discovery. The Sainsbury’s Quality & Innovation team has one mission: do quality better than anyone else. 

Please note this field based from our Calcot Hub, Reading, RG31 7SA

We’ve created four purpose-built in-store Centres of Excellence across the UK, where our experts in the Quality Team are responsible for ensuring the quality of all food and non-food products that carry Sainsbury’s name on them. 

As our team grows, we’ve created this opportunity for you to start a rewarding career. You’ll learn how we’re making Britain’s groceries taste better than ever. And play an active part in our success. 

Join us and you’ll get closer to the products, supply chain and customers than you ever thought possible. And thanks to outstanding training and unique facilities, you’ll change the way that food is created, sold and consumed - for good. 

Here’s just one example. We wanted to make strawberries tastier all year round. Selling one punnet every second, we’ve tracked down a strawberry bursting with even more flavour, whatever the weather. Come rain or shine, our strawberries are the juiciest around. That's the kind of change you can be part of here. 

You can look forward to a mix of classroom based training and job shadowing, while you take on your first exciting role from day one. Supporting our Quality Technicians, you’ll learn how to carry out analytical testing and product inspections. Investigating anything from strawberries to milk to household cleaning products, you’ll give them the green light - or tell us how they need to be better. You’ll complete a variety of different placements in a range of different places including depots, stores, suppliers’ farms and factories, and our main London laboratory. This will include getting out and about with our Quality Technologists as they audit and investigate suppliers. 

And when you’re ready to take a step up, there’s an exciting career path to follow - from Technician, to Technologist and beyond. Wherever you choose to take your career, at Sainsbury’s it’s sure to be an exciting journey. And one that’s defined by the quality of your experiences.

So what are we looking for? You’ll need 2 A Levels at grade B or above, including a science subject. And you’ll need to demonstrate great organisational skills, a keen eye for detail and the determination to complete excellent work. The ability to get on with all sorts of people and work together with them is important, too. You’re a good communicator, both in person and in writing. Crucially, you’re passionate about brilliant food and you really appreciate Sainsbury’s quality. 

CGI School Leavers Opportunities- Click here to find out more about the exciting opportunities available.