About us

Early Careers - It’s where you begin . . .

The UK is a diverse, dynamic, and exciting Early Careers marketplace where learning, training and employer brands compete for the attention of our young and brilliant next generation and their influencers. Early Careers Ltd are a solution provider. We are building the Early Careers Marketplace to support our members with national and regional candidate attractions, helping young people and their influencers discover opportunities. We operate the ‘earlycareers.co.uk’ and ‘earlycareers.scot’ careers platform, managed candidate attraction service and early careers engine web crawler.

Early Careers Methodology

Our Early Careers Methodology “Attraction, Attachment and Aspiration for All” has developed over 15 years of market activation and early careers guidance practice – learning from what works – providing a simple formulation in support of early career development for young people and for our partners.

  1. Everything begins with Attraction​
    Our goal is to help young people discover what they are attracted towards. We help our members (Employers, Training Providers and Talent Partners) to establish highly attractive and targeted campaigns that are slick, exciting, and precise across all UK regions. We help our members to stand out from the crowd and be the most attractive offer to young people.

  2. Building Attachment​s
    Enabling the right young people to engage, connect, and attach with our members. From Click to Career – our campaigns are niche, quality over volume, so that more of the right young people, from the right locations and demographics become attached to the right programmes and opportunities.

  3. Developing a strong Aspiration
    Nurturing strong aspirations and competitiveness. We assist young individuals in refining their aspirations by fostering attraction and attachment to partner opportunities. This process enhances their self-awareness, decisiveness in career choices, and competitiveness as candidates.

  4. Promoting diversity and equality of opportunity for All.
    In a world where the unique potential of each young person can be overlooked, our commitment to equality stands strong. Just as the brain’s diverse pathways shape individual minds, we advocate for diverse opportunities that cater to all young talents. By encouraging candidates to voice their concerns and promoting campaigns aimed at underrepresented groups, we’re paving the way for a more inclusive future. Join us in championing diversity, nurturing young potential, and creating equal opportunities for all.

Early Careers Engine UK

‘Early Careers Engine’ BETA is our UK operated and managed youth opportunities web crawler under development to promote unmanaged candidate attraction campaigns. As youth employment, training and learning opportunities and terminologies become ever more complex, the purpose is to collect, share and distribute qualified opportunities equitably, under the umbrella term ‘Early Careers’. Our technology is in development and began life as a youth led social enterprise initiative. To submit a site, remove a site, request API access, or for other technical assistance please contact shaun@earlycareers.co.uk.

Registration Mark for Employers, Training Providers and Talent Partners

Registered Early Careers Employer Badge
Registered Early Careers Training Provider Badge

Registered Early Careers (Employer, Training Provider & Talent Partner) is a mark of membership. All member organisations must have an active Early Careers Marketplace Account to use the mark.

Before activating an organisational subscription, our Early Careers Advisers will undertake verification activity to protect both our members and other users of information published by Early Careers Ltd across our platforms. Where we cannot verify against these criteria, we will not activate a subscription, and any opportunities may be removed permanently.

  1. Verification of organisation and organisational contact
    We will verify the identity of the subscription proposer/organisational contact as a member of the organisation’s personnel or an authorised partner.

  2. Verification of Early Career opportunities
    We will verify the exitance of early career opportunities that include early career development as a central aspect of the employment. We do this to protect our users and to help uphold advertising standards.

  3. Verification of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) practices
    We will verify the presence of good equality, diversity, and inclusion practices, which are visibly part of recruitment and employment. The organisation and its early career opportunities should be compatible with UN Sustainable Development Goal 8 in that they “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

Conditions of Acceptance

Early Careers Ltd is in the business of promoting managed and unmanaged candidate attraction campaigns. Managed campaigns are accepted conditionally upon being approved, and if not activated any monies paid will be refunded. While every effort will be made to insert advertisements at the time specified, no guarantee can or will be given for such insertion and no liability will be accepted for omissions or inaccuracies, or for any consequence arising there from, or for damage to or loss of any material supplied. Early Careers Ltd as the publisher, reserve the right to alter, modify, suspend or cancel any advertisements at any time without notice. Advertisements are accepted only on condition that the advertiser warrants that the advertisement does not in any way contravene the provisions of The Trade Descriptions Act, 1968, or the Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order, 1977, or the Consumer Credit Act, 1974, and complies with the British Code of Advertising Practice. In the context of candidate attraction advertisements with Early Careers Ltd, there must be a qualified employer vacancy or genuine progressive learning opportunity unless otherwise stated. The placing of an order shall be considered as acceptance of these conditions.


The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Early Careers Ltd and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of Early Careers Ltd. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, Early Careers Ltd takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.


Early Careers Ltd began as youth-led social enterprise initiative where progress comes before profit and where making mistakes and recovering quickly is valued as learning moments. Our business is run by young people who are mainly vocational learners and often neurodiverse. Please let us know as soon as possible if you think we have made a mistake, and we will do our best to get it sorted team@earlycareers.co.uk. Thanks for your understanding.

Privacy, Data and GDPR  

Early Careers Ltd is a company registered in Scotland SC674531. Our policy is to keep it simple and do the right thing. Details can be found in our privacy policy. >>

Backstory: Trailblazing in Early Careers for 15 years

2008 – 2020

2020 – Present


Our Early Careers business was started in 2008 by careers advisers and young people in Scotland. Back in 2008, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) had just been established by the Scottish Government but did not have a role in promoting apprenticeships as had been a feature of one of its conjoining organisations, Careers Scotland. We set about filling the void as best we could and lobbied to establish a national approach to Apprenticeship promotion. We started a niche job board in 2009 under the brand ‘Apprenticeships in Scotland’ and operated as a social enterprise project. We employed Apprentices to lead and run the project and launched from the top of Ben Nevis! They quickly became young ambassadors and in demand from key sectors to speak at conferences and support national digital activities. We established an ‘Apprenticeship in Enterprise’ which supported the development of our young team and went on to support 30 young people in other organisations nearby. We first started Scottish Apprenticeship Week in 2010, doing our best to make use of Sir Alan Sugar fronting National Apprenticeship Week in England.

The project was quickly supported by Careers Advisers and Teachers across Scotland. It became established as a key source of opportunity information for young people and their influencers, achieving 100k unique users and 10k subscribers by the end of the first year. Early adopters of the service included BT, QA, Microsoft, RBS and GSK, who promoted their programmes with paid commercial campaigns. The project featured on the BBC, was promoted widely by SDS, Young Scot and the Scottish Training Federation and drew interest (and visits) from Ministers and policymakers. This led to recommendations by the Wood Commission that the model is adopted as part of Developing the Young Workforce. The establishment of Apprenticeships.Scot then followed, for which we can claim a part in helping to bring about.

A small but important revenue for the project had come from work with apprenticeship training providers who could now promote their programmes for free with Apprenticeships.Scot, and so the focus shifted to developing the umbrella term ‘Early Careers’ and keeping the project alive as enterprise learning employment for young people and a promotional channel for employers. In 2014 the project was led by Shannen Scott ‘from Apprentice to Chief Exec’ Shannen was runner-up for Young Scot of the Year 2014 and also runner-up as UK Enterprise Learner of the Year.

This drew the attention of VET officials in the European Union. The project was recognised as a VET innovation and featured extensively across the EU as a best practice case study in youth enterprise and employability. It was translated into several languages, including Chinese. A delegation from China later visited our offices as part of a European tour of technical education institutions and programmes. The Apprenticeship in Enterprise Framework almost made it through the process to become a fully funded Modern Apprenticeship in Scotland, but not enough was done to convince the authorising MAG group of its value and momentum passed.

Liam Howard and Aaron Vaughan became key success stories and long-term legacies of the project. Having completed an apprenticeship double in both Business Enterprise and then Creative and Digital Media, Liam established the Creative Cause digital media agency in 2018 and, along with Aaron, operated the Apprenticeships in Scotland service under license, helping to reposition and rebrand as EarlyCareers.Scot. The project is now complete, and Aaron has gone on to become widely recognised as a young leader in the Early Careers space. Following a period as Scotland’s representative on the UK National Society of Apprenticeships, Aaron co-founded Early Careers Ltd, a positive and inclusive digital business committed to advancing the Early Careers Marketplace across the UK. In 2023, the business reconnected with a founding member of the original team Shaun Moore who leads development of our Early Careers Engine.

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