Careers-Parent Information

“80.75% of students say their parents help them to make key careers decisions“ (2020)


How do I help my child with their choices and career path?

Talking futures is a web-based toolkit for career conversations, created to support parents and carers to have informed and constructive conversations with their child about the different training and education pathways available.

The law requires all young people in England to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday, although in practice the vast majority of young people continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18. There are many options to continue education Post-16. These include:

  • Academic qualifications: A-Levels or International Baccalaureate
  • Vocational technical qualification (VTQs)s: BTECs, Cambridge Nationals or Technicals, T-Levels, Supported Internships (for SEND students with an EHCP) or Skills Toolkit
  • Apprenticeships

Young people can go to work, undertake voluntary work, become an intern or even set up their own business when they leave school. However, they will still need to be doing part-time training or study (the equivalent to at least one day a week) at the same time that leads to a regulated qualification, like a Vocational Technical Qualification (VTQ). This means that as well as gaining valuable experience, they’ll also gain a recognised accreditation that supports their future career.

Post 16 Options Explained:

School attendance is critical to your child’s future career path, and we encourage parents and carers to work with us to ensure that every moment matters.

We want all our children to have the best start in life because we know that attending school is vital to a child’s wellbeing, development, and attainment as well as impact future career success.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan

Other useful websites:

Useful Weblinks

Skills for Careers (Young People)

Career Pilot

Find a Post 16 course, Degree or apprenticeship

How 2 Become … (Any Career)

CV Builder (Career Pilot)

LifeSkills (Barclays)

Local Post-16 Providers

Cornwall College Group

Includes: Bicton, Duchy, Eden Project, Falmouth Marine School, Newquay, St Austell, Stoke Climsland, Rosewarne, Plymouth Engineering Skills Centre,

Truro and Penwith College

Callywith College

VI Academy 6th Form

Interested in an apprenticeship?


Amazing Apprenticeships and T-Levels

Find an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships in Cornwall

Considering going to university?

Degrees (UCAS)

Compare Universities

Russell Group Leading (Universities)

Falmouth University

Exeter University (Cornwall)

Plymouth University

Not Going to Uni

SEND Support and Providers

Learn Your Way

Unifrog – coming soon! Students and Parents will be able to access a new online platform which helps you to explore career pathways, develop employability skills and apply for further/higher education and employment opportunities.

Redruth School work with a number of businesses who support our careers programme. If you or your business would like to support our activities in the future please email our careers lead Mrs King:


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