Work Experience and Post 16 options

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.

If you have any queries surrounding work experience and post-16 options, please contact Mrs Haslam on 01209 203725 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.


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

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


Cornwall College:

Truro College:


Latest vacancies can be found online at the following sites: 

The career days are designed to give students an insight into possible future careers with advice on how to apply to university and an afternoon session of work experience to help them see what the career may be like. Students will receive a certificate confirming their work experience.

Career Days:

Students aged 13-18 can register to join the online days by visiting:

The schedule is as follows:

Medicine Career Day - Saturday 20th March 2024

Midwifery Career Day - Saturday 6th April 2024

Dentistry Career Day - Sunday 7th April 2024

Psychology Career Day - Saturday 20th April 2024

Business Career Day - Saturday 27th April 2024

Architect Career Day - Saturday 4th May 2024

Vet Career Day - Saturday 11th May 2024

Law Career Day - Sunday 18th May 2024

Performing Arts Career Day - Sunday 19th May 2024

Computer Science Career Day - Saturday 25th May 2024

Teaching Career Day - Saturday 1st June 2024

Students can visit to join a session in their field of interest and will receive a certificate at the end of the day confirming their work experience.

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