City of Norwich School

Post 16 Careers Day a big success!

Last Thursday, 31st October, CNS hosted a Post-16 Careers Day, giving their Year 11 students the opportunity to find out more about a wide range of careers and the various routes of entry into a career. 

From finding out more about the careers guidance website Help You Choose during assembly and in class and attending presentations from apprenticeships, trade course and universities throughout the morning, through to visiting the careers fair in the afternoon, there was something for everyone.

Simi, from Volunteer It Yourself, gave an hour long orkshop on learning trade and employability skills and focused on the real-life scenario of a painting and decorating job that taught students how tradesmen set the price for their work.


Students were also lucky enough to watch Graphic Recorder Rebecca Osborne in action during the workshop!

Darren McMorran from the Outreach Department at the UEA spoke to Year 11s about going to university.


Former students Chris Liles, Business Relationship Manager, Mark Hollinger, Managing Director of Hollinger Print and Corey Harper from Start-rite Shoes Ltd came with Future First, the national education charity who specialise in helping schools to stay connected with their former students.

Both Year 11s and Sixth Form students also had access to the careers fair in order to visit and network with the exhibitors – a comprehensive range of visiting employers who provided students with information about entry routes, skills and qualifications needed.




The students benefited immensely from the day and they gave really positive feedback.  Here are just a few of their comments: 

We discovered job roles and courses we didn't know existed!

I've spoken to the UEA and the NHS.  It's been useful....I want to do medicine.

Today I have fully understood what it means to do an apprenticeship.


Sharon Lester, IAG Careers Lead here at CNS said "Being new to the role, and this being the first careers fair I had organised I wasn't sure what to expect.  However, I was blown away by the positive attitude that the students had to finding about their future career options.  They were truly inspired by the organisations that came in to school, but I was truly inspired by them"

We would like to thank all the organisations and companies that gave up their time and contributed to a very successful day, including the following: 

Develop BP

Develop’s specialist IT and Creative Media centre offers engaging level 2 and 3 courses that focus on giving our students relevant, practical, technical and design/creativity skills.

International Aviation Academy Norwich

IAA-N is the first of Aviation Skills Partnership’s (ASP’s) skills Academies. Full-time aviation engineering training is available for students from age 16 with courses being offered through City College Norwich.


The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) is a 1200 bed teaching hospital providing acute care for around one million people living in Norfolk and surrounding areas.


OPITO the global industry standard in oil and gas safety, skills, and competence. Setting industry standards for oil and gas training providers and courses. OPITO has introduced Global Qualifications covering Processing Operations and three maintenance disciplines: Electrical, Mechanical and Instrument and Control.

Royal Air Force

For over a hundred years the Royal Air Force has defended the skies of Britain and projected Britain’s power and influence around the world.


An internationally renowned university based in a campus that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students.

Central College of Animal Studies

Central College of Animal Studies specialises in training programmes for the veterinary profession. With close links to employers, they provide a wide range of full and part-time learning programmes and apprenticeships.

The Garage

The Garage is a centre for performing arts located in Norwich, supporting the creative journeys of participants, audiences and artists.

Uni of Sheffield

A world-class university – a unique student experience. Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. They are a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.

Spire Solicitors

Spire Solicitors LLP is now one of the largest legal firms in the region, with head offices in the heart of Norwich city centre.

Nova Training

Their programme delivery now includes; 16-18 Study Programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships. They offer maths, English and ICT training as part of their courses and deliver vocational training in the following; Bricklaying, Carpentry, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Plastering, Warehousing, Retail, Sales, Hospitality, Customer Service, Business Administration, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Motor Vehicle.

Volunteer it Yourself

Providing the opportunity to learn trade and employability skills through helping to fix local youth and community facilities in need of essential repairs and improvements.  They offered an interactive trade workshop focusing on the real-life scenario of a painting and decorating job and students learnt how tradesmen set the price for their work.

Future First

They are a national education charity who specialise in helping schools to stay connected with their former students.  They provided talks on Interview Skills, The Labour Market, Work Experience and Post-16 Pathways, delivered by members of the CNS alumni : Chris Liles, Mark Hollinger and Corey Harper. 

Rebecca Osborne

Rebecca is a Fine Artist, Illustrator and Graphic Recorder. By using a variety of traditional and digital mediums she creates illustrations for books, info graphics, logos and greetings cards. Rebecca uses graphic recording to create live, on-site illustrations to document and visualise presentations, workshops, and meetings.

Norfolk Constabulary

The job of being a police officer will take you beyond your own expectations and give you more variety, challenge and reward than you could ever expect from any other career. Police staff carry out a diverse range of roles that are vital to effective policing across the county and provide support to frontline officers.