Careers is an integral part of the Tretherras curriculum and is covered from Year 8 to Year 13 through SMSC, Sixth Form, Work experience, Partnerships with Careers South West, assemblies and throughout all the learning areas. On this page there are several links to websites for you to browse including film clips, latest news on vacancies and courses. News on apprenticeships and other opportunities will appear throughout the year.

Our independent Careers Adviser from Careers4U can be contacted via email at or tel:07732065851 or tel: 0333 2224 099 – website:

You can drop in on a Thursday break or lunch-time to Room Y3 (near the library) to see Jenny without an appointment if you would like to or you can speak to your Head of Year, Tutors or other members of staff who can help you book an appointment with her.

A new Careers display in the library hopes to provide plenty of information and inspiration for Tretherras students when they are considering their future careers. There are also leaflets for a wide variety of jobs in the Careers Office and impartial advice and guidance is available online with an advisor from the National Careers Service at and free phone number for out of school hours is 0800 100 900.

Ms Jeffery is the Newquay Tretherras Careers Co-Ordinator. Please feel free to pop in to Y5, the Career’s Office, at any time, or contact her by email or telephone on 01637 872080

See our Careers policy

About Apprenticeships
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training. Every apprentice is guaranteed a minimum wage linked to their age. They’re available at all academic levels – whether you’re leaving school without GCSEs or completing your A-levels. There are apprenticeships in industries like engineering, health and accountancy – plus a host of careers you’d never think of. And 9 in 10 apprentices stay in work after completing their course.

Higher apprenticeships
A higher apprenticeships is your ticket to a high-skilled job. You’ll usually need at least 2 A-levels to start one, and you’ll come out with qualifications equivalent to a foundation degree or higher – with any tuition fees paid by your employer! Higher apprentices can earn between £300-500 per week (although you may start lower). You could train to be a solicitor or a lab scientist, and even learn how to design sweets with a confectionery apprenticeship!

Degree apprenticeship
Degree apprenticeships guarantee you a university degree, as well as on-the-job training for a high-skilled job. You’ll spend 30 hours a week learning from experienced colleagues at work, and the equivalent of one day studying towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree at uni or college. It gives you the kudos and academic grounding of a degree along with sought-after employability skills employers say graduates don’t have. And 8 out of 10 parents think it’s better than an Oxbridge degree!

Should I apply for an apprenticeship or university?
Today, apprenticeships offer a route into high-skilled jobs that you had to go to uni to train for in the past. If you know what career path you want to follow, an apprenticeship could get you there without the fees – while enabling you to develop employability skills too. University is essential for certain careers and great for those with passionate academic interests. Carefully consider the pros and cons of both university and apprenticeships before making your decision.

This service will help you search and apply for an Apprenticeship vacancy
This offers a new & unique approach to recruiting apprentices in Cornwall, providing an expert, personalised service and also gives information about available funding
Orangeo is a free resource website set up by a current apprentice to promote the positives of Apprenticeships. We aim to inform young people to the advantages of Apprenticeships and help them to become more informed and positive towards Apprenticeships.
Lots of information and advice on apprenticeships including parental guidance

Higher Education information
Provides information for students on the wage returns to particular degrees and universities.

News Articles

Useful links
General Careers:
Find links to explore your choices at 14, 16 and 18. There are routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help you decide. It covers training opportunities across the south west and there are online advisers to offer advice.
Excellent site for all careers advice including film clips
Play the Game to find a career you love. The Game analyses your personality, interests and needs in life to help you find the best careers for you.
icould gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. From telecoms engineers to police officers, from landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where are and their hopes for the future.
Career Camel is a free platform to provide career inspiration, guidance and fair access to opportunities for all young people and educational institutions. They offer a number of free resources and tools covering careers guidance, routes to employment, interview techniques, cv writing, introductory lessons for industry and a job board to connect users with a range of opportunities from apprenticeships through to graduate jobs.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers. They aim to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools
The UK’s most widely used school leavers and graduate job website, this site gives lots of tips on writing CVs, covering letters, application forms and interview techniques. Free to subscribe and they will email you suitable vacancies when they become
Free job search engine offering over 800,000 jobs in the UK which is constantly being updated. Search by area or type in ’school leaver’ and it should bring up lots of potentially suitable vacancies.
Careers Opportunities for Science & Maths
Information and advice for those considering a career in the care sector.
Unifrog is a website that the school subscribes to which offers advice on CV writing, interview techniques, personal statements, university courses and up to date apprenticeship vacancies. Students in Years 10-13 will
have been given student login details. Please contact the Careers Coordinator if you have difficulty accessing the site.



3D Kernow CIC – Engineering and Chemical jobs making 3D printers, CAD designer for 3D printing

Army Careers – Variety of careers within the Army

Atlantic Building Consultants – Chartered Surveyor Company

Atlas Professionals – Offshore work in renewable and Oil and Gas

BAM – Wide range of careers in designing and building outstanding Buildings

Careers 4 U – Careers Advice, Information and Guidance

Cornwall College – Cornwall College NQY / Duchy College / Falmouth Marine School

Cornwall County Council – Huge range of career opportunities within CCC

CORSEV – Engineering Careers

Cygnet Theatre – Theatre Company, Training confident and successful actors

DBS Music – Qualifications in sound, audio and music

Devon & Cornwall Police – Variety of Careers within the Police Force

Dynamo Healthcare – Healthcare Training

Environment Agency – Civil Engineering Flood Defense – Asset management – Construction – Project Management

Exeter University – University, Degree Level Programmes

Falmouth University – University, Degree Level Programmes

Happy Days – Nursery Nurse Career. Early Child Development

Headland Hotel – Hotel- All roles in Hospitality work

Institution of Civil Engineers – Civil Engineering Careers

Kier Construction – Practical and Technical careers in construction

Morrisons – Variety of skilled careers in the Supermarket industry

National Citizenship Service – Employability & Work Related Skills

National Rail – Engineering, HR, Adminstration Careers

Newquay Airport – Airport Careers Including: Firefighter, Air Traffic Controller, Passenger Services Agent, Security Officer etc

NHS RCHT – Careers in Health and Social Care

PALL – Production Operatives, Technicians, Auditors, Engineering etc

Pendennis Shipyard – Shipyard- Engineering

Sekoya Limited – HR Company- Dealing with employment across all occupations

Watergate Bay Hotel – Hotel – All roles in Hospitality

Watson Marlow – Global Company – Careers include various Engineering positions

Whyfield Limited – Accountancy, Bookkeeping and Administration Company

“The Newquay Tretherras Careers Day is such a successful event and so beneficial for both students and employers. It is a very busy event for my role, which makes it so much more worthwhile attending. I can’t imagine how you would make it a better event than it already is! I look forward to working with Newquay Tretherras in future events soon.”
Robert Wiltshire
Software Cornwall Education Outreach Project

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