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

Virtual Work Experience – Nursing Careers – Thursday 11th February 2021, 9am – 10am

The session is purely focused on Nursing Careers. All sessions will be delivered live to schools via Microsoft Teams. Please click here to view the flyer for the event.

Library, Information and Archive Assistant Level 3 Apprentice based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Closing Date: 26.11.2020 – Please click here to find out further details.

Customer Service Practitioner Apprentice ​based at both sites, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General. Closing Date: 30.11.2020 – Please click here to find out further details.

Integrated Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician will rotate through a GP surgery, Community Pharmacy and Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust pharmacy. Close Date: 30.11.2020 – Please click here to find out further details.

Gloucester City FC

Gloucester City FC are running post 16 education courses totally free to help young people start their careers in sport. They have two courses starting in September 2020.

Traineeships in Sports Coaching – This course will work on getting students the required grades in Maths and English, job ready skills such as interview techniques and CV writing. Alongside this Gloucester City FC will give students a taste of sports coaching and experience around the club. Once students are successful in completing the Traineeship, they will then be invited to the next step.

Please click here to view the Traineeship in Sports Coaching poster

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – This course will get students ready for University or work with a huge range of sectors in the sports industry being covered. From physiotherapy, coaching, performance analysis, strength and conditioning. The students will touch base on all sectors in the industry, with added emphasis on their own specifically chosen sector that the student would like to progress with after the course. For example, if the student wanted to become a performance analyst, they would be in charge of filming training and games, breaking down the clips and presenting to the rest of the class. This will give them experience in their chosen sector.

Alongside the education, students can opt in to a full footballing programme for under 18s. This is however optional.

Please click here to find out more information about the full footballing programme

LB Bentley

LB Bentley are a local Mechanical Engineering company with a global customer base.  LB Bentley employ over 150 employees at their business in Stroud and have been around for nearly 50 years.

In a step towards succession planning LB Bentley are looking to recruit a ‘Production Planning Apprentice’ which will be a 3-4 year traineeship with formalised internal and external training.  The external training is currently being evaluated to identify which courses suit the role best, however the first step will be to complete a Business Administration Apprenticeship followed by either the CILT Operations Management or PICS certified qualification in Production & Inventory Management.

This role would suit a Sixth Form school leaver who is looking at developing a career in the engineering manufacturing industry. LB Bentley are looking to recruit someone for this role in summer 2020.

Please click here to view the Commercial-Apprenticeship Poster

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.

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.