Getting ready for work & self-employment

If you're unsure whether you are ready for work, use the information and links on this page to find help available for you; whether it's writing your CV, completing an application form or preparing for an interview.​​​​

 

 

Leeds City Council JobshopsLeeds City Council Jobshopshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/learning-and-job-opportunities/jobshops, Leeds City Council Jobshopsexternal
LCC Apprentice ProgrammeLCC Apprentice Programmehttp://myfuture.leeds.gov.uk/apprenticeships/Pages/default.aspx, LCC Apprentice Programmeexternal
LCC Graduate ProgrammeLCC Graduate Programmehttp://myfuture.leeds.gov.uk/graduateprogramme/Pages/default.aspx, LCC Graduate Programmeexternal
National Careers ServiceNational Careers Servicehttps://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/, National Careers Serviceexternal
Job Centre PlusJob Centre Plushttps://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus, Job Centre Plusexternal
Universal Job MatchUniversal Job Matchhttps://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/register.aspx?redirect=http://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/home.aspx, Universal Job Matchexternal

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The Teenage Market​

Aimed at young entrepreneurs aged 13-30, The Teenage Market provides free access to a stall in Leeds Kirkgate Market where you can sell your own merchandise for a day.

If you're interested in showcasing your creative talents for a day, visit the Teenage Market website for dates available in Leeds.

Self-employment

Over 63,000 people are self-employed in Leeds, and it is predicted that there will be a 15% increase in people being self-employed by 2025.

Business owners, Entrepreneurs, Freelance workers and Limited Company and Sole Traders earn an average salary of £10,000 - £50,000+, depending on business success.

Interested in working for yourself and want to know how to get started and set up your own business? Visit GOV.UK: Business and self-employment for more information.​​​​​​​​​

Essential skills

• Self-discipline and self-motivation​
• Being driven and determined to succeed
• Knowledge and passion about your product
• Good business knowledge
• Flexible and adaptable to change
• Good organisational skills

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