Careers – Advice, Guidance, Opportunities

At Rednock School, we understand that it is very important that you can access the latest and most relevant information that will help you to plan your future careers. This help starts with deciding which courses are best for you, you need to choose your GCSEs and A levels and prepare those soft skills required for the application process to go on to college or university, as well as applying for your first part-time job or apprenticeships. The world of work and the opportunities available are constantly changing; It is a tough market out there and we want to make sure that you have the edge over your competitors. This year, we shall be reinvigorating our Rednock Alumni to help develop community links between pupils and former pupils who can offer meaningful work experiences, mentoring and industry specific advice and guidance for our Y12 students and then further on down the school.

In order to achieve this, we have developed a programme of Life Skills Lessons, off timetable days, exhibitions and events for you to attend over the five academic years as well as a range of online resources for you to access whenever you want. Please take time and read through the table below.

Month Activity



Y13 early careers review talks

Y11 careers workshops launched in LRC

Y11 students access 50 things to do




Y12 and Y13 visit Cheltenham & Gloucester Jobs fair

Y11 careers workshops continue

Y12 enterprise early intervention interviews

Y12 financial awareness St James Place

Y12 Universities and apprenticeships careers fair – Bristol

1:1 Impartial careers interviews start (voluntary)

Y9/10/11 Life skills lessons on the world of work




Y12/13 Ambitions Careers evening event

Work Skills Exhibition NEC

Local business network event – LRC

Sixth Form Evening – University/FE/HE/Apprenticeship info





Y11/12 Application form, Personal statement lessons

Local business network event – LRC




Mock Interviews for Y11

6th form alternative pathways launch

Local business network event – LRC

Apprenticeship Show – Exeter




Alternative pathways workshops

Festomane – Stroud




Careers Talks

Y7 Real Game

National Apprenticeship Show – Exeter




Careers Talks

1:1 Impartial careers interviews end (voluntary)




Careers Talks

Y10 intervention careers workshops and 1:1 interviews




Rednock Futures/Community day

Careers talks

Y7 STEM event

Y9 Financial awareness – St James’ Place

Y10 Work experience weeks



September – July


Year 12/13 Work Experience/ Volunteering throughout year

Maximum 10 days in in at least 2 blocks

On-going online support is available for you to use both on your own and with support from staff:

Useful internet based careers research tools:

Personalised Profiling:

Before using any of the websites below, all students are expected to undertake the SPARTAN test on as well as fully explore this website to understand the different paths to the world of work.

Students are also expected to register for  to undertake a simple psychometric test and explore suggested career pathways

CAREERS AND JOB IDEAS: – not sure what you want to do in the future? These websites will help you explore different careers

Gloucestershire County Council

What’s Next? is an essential guide to choosing education and career options for Gloucestershire students in Years 9-13.

Please click here to download the What’s Next guide.

National Careers Service                                                                         

Job profiles on this site provide information about specific jobs/sectors, entry requirements, skills required, salary information etc.


An online careers film and video library. Lots of case studies and video clips of real people doing different jobs.


Need inspiration for your career? icould includes 1000 films of personal career stories, across many occupations. There is an option to search by subject area.  Use the Careers Wizard by answering 5 questions to view articles and videos about careers that might suit you.

Career Pilot                                                                                                

Your choices at age 14, 16 and 18. Explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time – even to university level.  Information about vocational qualifications, plus the top 20 apprenticeship vacancies in the South West.

Careers World                                                                                            

Produce a magazine each term. Previously the Regional Training Prospectus. Now covers general careers info, local training providers and info, sector specific information.

Library/Book based

There are lots of books to look at in the LRC for you to find out about different jobs and how to get there. We keep this section up to date and keep an eye out for future employment trends. Key books to look at are:  Heaps 2020, and Careers Books 2019-2021

NHS Live Apprenticeship Vacancies

Early Years Educator Apprenticeship – Little Oaks 

Please click here to find out further details. The closing date is 28th February 2021.

Barratt Developments plc

Barratt Developments plc will be advertising Brickwork and Carpentry Apprenticeships on the company website from early February.

If you are interested in applying for a trade apprenticeship with Barratt Developments plc, please click on the following link:

Other vacancies are advertised at various times throughout the year as they arise but Trade Apprenticeship vacancies are posted once a year.

Barratt Developments is looking for committed and keen individuals who want to work for a reputable company who will support their progress and development. You can expect to be paid above the national apprenticeship wage, and receive basic tools and PPE upon successful application and offer.  You will attend college in Leicester on a block release basis; all costs are covered.

HSBC Work Experience Programme

The HSBC Work Experience Programme is now live. Opportunities are available across the whole of the UK, in financial services, investment banking, marketing, digital, compliance and HR.

The Work Experience opportunities will be available through June to August 2021 and will be 1 week long. The closing date for all applications is on Sunday 21st February 2021.

Please click here to find out more information.

Marks & Spencer’s Webinar – Thursday 28th January 2021 (5pm – 6pm)

M&S are recruiting Retail Management and Fashion apprentices across the UK, giving you the ultimate fast track to managing your own department and looking after multi million pound budgets, all while being coached and mentored by their retail management experts.

If you’d like to consider applying for a M&S apprenticeship program and are interested in Business, Retail, Management or Fashion then you can find your unique sign up application link here.

Parents/Carers – Careers eBook Guide

Success at School have created a guide to help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices. From University and Apprenticeships to work experience and gap years, the guide has it all.

Please click here to download your free copy of the eBook.

Youth Employment UK

Youth Employment has created a helpful booklet to bring you all the information you need to look for your first role or move on into a new position with a career you will love!

Please click here to view the booklet

Key Contacts

T J Justice – Rednock School, Head of CEIAG.  If your son/daughter would like a careers interview, please contact Mr T Justice via school email

J Walker & M Giles – Stroud Careers Service, Impartial interview advice and Guidance. Impartial IAG Interviews offered to help you to consider your long-term goals.