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The John Bentley School

An Outstanding Centre For Learning

JBS Careers Events

Events Overview

Our careers programme aims to break down the barriers to progress that too many young people face today, and give our students the skills to get on in life. Our careers strategy looks to support every student, whatever their age, to go as far as their talents will take them and have a rewarding career. Our careers provision must help people understand the range of opportunities available to them in today’s economy and acquire the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in the workplaces of the future.

We run a number of careers and work related learning event throughout the school year.  Some of these are whole school or year group events but there are also lots of departmental activities aimed at groups of students.

The careers events that we run are geared towards the needs of our students.  They allow them to develop key employability skills, interact with employers and educators, raise their aspirations and learn about the different pathways that are available to them at different stages of their lives.

Careers Fair 

Each year we host a careers fair in the main hall.  A wide variety of local and national businesses, universities and colleges attend and students from Y10 through to Sixth Form are given time to visit the fair and interact with the employers and educators.  If you feel that your employer may wish to be involved please contact Mr Smith

Date: Wednesday 17th October 2018




Big Interview Day 

All Year 10 students will participate in The Big Interview Day.   This event is designed to help students develop their interview technique and their confidence.  Pupils choose a job from a list of job adverts provided and then they prepare a letter of application and CV to support the application.

In the build up to the Big Interview Day pupils learn about how to dress, the importance of a hand shake and eye contact and they prepare answers to common interview questions.

The interviews are given by volunteers from the local business community who will read the students applications and interview them for the role.  All students receive verbal and written feedback  and they will reflect on how they did.

If you feel that you would be able to get involved in the Big Interview Day, please contact Mr Smith


Date: Tuesday 12th March 2019







Next Steps Assemblies 

All students in Y7-10 are invited to attend a careers assembly during a week that is allocated to careers and progression.  Throughout the week there is a variety of volunteers from local businesses and education providers who come into school to host an assembly on their area of industry.  Every pupil is required to attend an assembly, but they can choose which one they wish to go to.

The Next Steps Careers Assemblies were introduced to allow the pupils to access information on a variety of different options that are relevant to their interests and aspirations.  I am sure you can appreciate that it is impossible for us to have an assembly on every available option every year, but we try to ensure that the options available cover a broad spectrum of careers and industries.  The available options vary each year, which means that if there is something that is not available this year, it may well be on next year’s programme.  As student move through the school they will be able to pick up information on a selection of career options.


Date: 29th April – 3rd May 2019


Build Your Future Programme 

In Years 7-10 students will follow a careers education programme called ‘Build Your Future’.  This is a series of careers and work related learning units which develop the students understanding of and preparation for the options at post 16 and post 18.

Work Experience 

We run work experience weeks in the summer term for Year 10 and Year 12 students.  Please see the WORK EXPERIENCE page for more information.