SJNGC benefits from having a working partnership with Connexions advisor Suzanne Betts-Sanders who delivers a one-to-one service to all our Y11 students. She also works alongside the Advice, Guidance and Progress team to provide a range of services to all our students across the College.

These services include:

  • Assistance with college applications
  • Securing employment and apprenticeships
  • One to one interviews
  • And help with CVs and application forms.

Every year SJNC holds a careers fair attended by higher education institutions, workplaces, public service representatives and the armed services.

We also provide career talks on apprenticeships, university & college options.

Careers information is communicated to students and parents through our fortnightly careers newsletters here.  Posters and flyers about careers events are also posted throughout the College and students are made aware of events via tutor time.

Every summer our Year 10 students are given the opportunity to take part in work experience. Work placements are organised by Leicester Education Business Company (LEBC). Previous students had a fantastic experience, with supervisors providing extremely positive feedback:

  • We have had students from the University and colleges before but Sir Jonathan North students were better.’
  • ‘She was the best student we have had. She was punctual and hardworking’.

Students themselves realised the benefits of the experience and commented:

  • “You have to be very organised and always prepared for various jobs.”
  • “At the start I wasn’t sure about the unknown but quickly I got used to the place and loved going back.”
  • “My work experience has further emphasized the importance of getting good qualifications for a job.”

We provide all the information you and your daughter need to experience a positive and worthwhile placement.


Advice for parents


Child Employment

  • The youngest age a child can work part-time is 13 - except children involved in areas like: television, theatre, modelling. Children working in these areas will need a performance licence.
  • Children can only start full-time work once they’ve reached the minimum school leaving age - they can then work up to a maximum of 40 hours a week.
  • Once someone reaches 16, you may need to pay them through PAYE.
  • Once someone reaches 18, adult employment rights and rules then apply.

In England, a young person must be in part-time education or training until they are 18.

You can find out more by following these links.



Labour Market Information (LMI)

The world of work is continually changing and as parents/carers you may wonder what future employment opportunities will look like. Looking at future trends, the employment opportunities in your area can help you support your child to plan their future career.   Some questions you might want answered are:

  • What is the ‘labour market’? 
  • The number of people in certain types of jobs 
  • What jobs and skills employers are looking for? 
  • Which industries are recruiting and where they are located? 

When thinking about supporting your child's career ideas, it is useful to consider what is happening in the labour market; consider what is happening around you and always encourage your child to have ‘back up’ ideas. Find out about the labour market in your local area check out this link: