Post 16, Careers & Work Experience

At Redruth School, we are proud of the way we help our students through the process of deciding what direction they take after finishing school. Whether it is into further education, training or employment we provide impartial guidance and advice. We involve many outside agencies, including colleges, higher education and employers across both KS3 and KS4. This starts in Year 8 when the students select their options, they are provided with information on making the right choices depending on their pathway. Year 10 and Year 11 are key decision years for our students so it is important that we provide access to all the opportunities open to them to help make the decision.

Our Careers Leader is Mrs Beth Haslam. If you have any queries surrounding careers, higher education or work experience please contact her on 01209 203787 or 

Examples of what takes place in Key Stage 4 include the following:

  • Students experience taster days of post 16 courses at Cornwall College and Truro College
  • Every Year 10 student undertakes a week's work experience in their chosen workplace
  • Selected students travel to the National Apprenticeship Show
  • Every student in Year 11 has support from school staff, local employers, or representatives of Next Steps South West to draft their own CV and covering letter
  • Every student in Year 11 takes part in a 1-1 interview with either a local employer, a representative of Next Steps South West or Careers Ambassadors to discuss their pathways post 16 and where necessary support the writing of CVs and cover letters.
  • We have termly assemblies designed to inspire students and inform them of the breadth of opportunities open to them.

IAG Year Plan

Work Experience Policy

The Compass Careers Benchmark is a national benchmark for schools to self-assess the quality of their career opportunities, work experience and their ability to provide independent information and guidance for post 16 choices. Please click the link to see our results against the national average.

Compass Careers and Enterprise

Work Experience

Our students have to undertake a week’s work experience in Year 10 in July. They have the opportunity to learn new skills in all types of workplaces, with the aim of positive and significant impact on their career development. They will also learn transferable skills which are sought after by employers. This is a critical opportunity to gain a quality reference from a non-educational perspective and build their CV with experiences to talk about in interviews.

Examples of past placements have been the following:

  • Medical program
  • Building assistant
  • Veterinary assistants
  • Software assistant
  • Hairdressers
  • Legal assistant
  • Graphic Designers
  • Mechanics
  • Sales assistants
  • Care assistants
  • Chef’s assistants
  • Office Assistants

Work Experience Presentation 2019

Useful Information and Links

Veryan Login Portal  - Students will be issued with Personal Identification Numbers to access this site shortly.

Veryan Information for Students 

Information for Parents/Carers Booklet

Post 16 Opportunities

We had a dedicated information zone in our Learning Resources Centre with information on all pathways available to students once they leave Year 11. Examples of what you can find here are current prospectuses for colleges and universities, information on open days, apprenticeship information and opportunities within the forces, and lots more.

Along the Maths corridor there is up to date information on the labour market and accounts of personal journeys through education/apprenticeships and their current state of employment which makes for  interesting reading, along with current opportunities post 16.

Below are some links that students and parents may find useful:

 College Presentations


Apprenticeship Opportunities Available


  • The Focus Training Group - Electrical and Gas/Plumbing training courses available for 2020/21
  • Apprenticeship Resources - please click the link to see the latest information on apprenticeships. Please contact, Cathie Kessel Employment and Apprenticeship Officer Economic Growth Service|, if you have any questions or would like to be send the latest list of apprenticeship opportunities.
  • The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to individuals from age 13 and upwards to help them make decisions on learning, training and work; including Apprenticeships.  Call them on 0800 100 900 or visit their website
  • Kickstart Jan 2021

Careers Advice Links

Career Pilot – Every student has received an introductory session led by Next Steps South West and has had the opportunity to explore this site. Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors. 

National Career Service – Helpline & Advice 

Next Steps - Careers Advice

What Career Live - Careers Advice– Government Guidance

HotJobs information about different careers: HotJobs-TextandLinks-Pack1 and HotJobs-TextandLinks-Pack2

Higher Education & University Websites

Employment Websites

Apprenticeships – guide to apprenticeships

Milkround – Student and Graduate Website

Jobcentreplus – Job Search

NHS Careers – NHS Jobs

Social Care – Jobs in Social Care

Police Recruitment – Working for the Police Force

National Citizens Service – Work Experience

Life Skills

A range of links to offer advice from interview techniques to financial know-how:

Financial advice for young people



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