This week, we will be celebrating National Careers Week. In school, students have been working on their employability skills and preparation for interviews. There are many exciting opportunities for students to explore but it is essential that young people do their research so that they make an informed decision. To help students think about their next steps, we have given them some links below that they may find useful:

National Careers Week 2021 Virtual Careers Fair  

This year sees a new resource, the Virtual Careers Fair which launched on the 1st March 2021. It will be fully accessible from the NCW2021 website over the course of the year, no subscription or sign up required. This means one website to which you can refer to in order for you to be able to explore the latest information about recruitment and careers from a wide selection of employers and industries.

Here is a link to a guide that parents may find useful:

The Big Assembly 

The Big Assembly is a free interactive online broadcast that allows students and parents/carers to learn about apprenticeships and career options. The 2021 big assembly can be seen here:

Step into the NHS

The NHS hosts as many as 350 different careers. Whatever your skills, qualifications or interests, there is a career for you in the NHS. You will undoubtedly have transferable skills and experiences that can fit a successful career in this sector. You could work directly with patients, in hospitals, an ambulance trust, or in the community. Click on the link below to find out more:

Make UK

Make UK is a professional membership services organisation representing the voice of British Manufacturing, both in the UK and Europe. See the fantastic high tech facilities and many careers on offer.

Click here to see the short film from last year’s National Apprenticeship Week:

Click on the link below to see their Virtual open day. During the video they explain what they offer and introduce you to some of their apprentices, employers and staff. The video is approximately 30 minutes long.

Make UK Virtual Open day 2021  

The UK University & Apprenticeship Fair

The UK University & Apprenticeship Search Fair takes place on Wednesday 17th March. This Fair will be available on-demand for two weeks after the event until Wednesday 31st March and is aimed at students in Years 11, 12 and 13. You will be able to log in and view the recorded webinars, visit stands and download information. The Wednesday webinars will be live streamed onto Zoom & YouTube, and available to view on demand.

The link to access this event is below: 


Learn more about training, apprenticeships, employment and what it’s like to work behind the scenes at one of the country’s leading food and grocery retailers. Morrison’s offer a wide range of careers from manufacturing, logistics and corporate to retail and food technical and all at many different levels.

Early Careers | Morrisons Careers


Join tour leaders Adam, Marta, Paul, and Toni as they take you behind the scenes to show you what happens when they shop on Amazon. Amazon have such a variety of interesting careers ranging from administrative, design and business managers to customer service, human resources, finance and marketing. There are simply too many to mention!

Copy and paste the link below into your browser to take the video tour:

Fulfilment Centre Video Tour (

The Friary Sixth Form

If you are interested in joining our Sixth Form after you have completed your GCSEs, please take a look at our prospectus here:

Prospectus 6th – The Friary School

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher said, ‘Our careers programme is a golden thread that runs through the school curriculum and inspires our young people to aim high and follow their dreams. NCW plays an important part in this careers programme, and we are grateful to the companies and organisers of the events taking place in this week, as they help our students make an informed decision about their next steps.’ We would encourage you to look at some of the exciting virtual events detailed above and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher and Careers Lead, via