National Careers Week 2024, 4-9 March 2024

March 4th, 2024

Venerable Bede CE Academy is proud to once again support National Careers Week! See below for useful information and guidance about the various careers paths open to young people as well as the events taking place this week. 

The Parents Guide to National Careers Week

Virtual Careers Fair

The Virtual Careers Fair will go live on day 1 of Careers Week.

  • No registration required
  • Tons of opportunities for students to explore
  • Visit from the 4th March to explore this resource.

NCW: Music Industry Insights with Point Plank Music School

Get ready to ignite your career with National Careers Week 2024’s spotlight on the music industry. Come join us for an exciting evening tailored just for you, where we’ll dive into the world of music and show you how to turn your passion into a profession. Learn the secrets behind creating chart-topping hits, explore the magic of music production, and get insider tips on how to make it big in this ever-evolving industry. With three amazing speakers from Point Blank Music School leading the way, National Careers Week 2024 is your ticket to discovering the perfect harmony for your future in music. Don’t miss out on this chance to kickstart your journey to success. 


  • Date: Wednesday 6th March 
  • Time: 6pm-7pm
  • Location: Online/ Zoom – Follow the below link to sign up

Careers in the Army

Careers in the Civil Service

The Civil Service is changing. Together we’re finding new ways to serve the public, work more efficiently, and make the government more transparent. We’re making the Civil Service a truly brilliant place to work.
Follow the link below to complete a ‘Career Matcher’ activity.

Careers at Sea

There are plenty of exciting careers in the maritime sector to choose from – both on and offshore. As a Deck, Engineering or Electro-technical Officer you could be in charge of operating and managing commercial ships. While becoming a Rating would make the most of your broad seafaring skills – from navigation and engine room maintenance to Catering, Hospitality and other Onboard Services. 

For shore-based jobs in ship management and other marine industries, you’ll find incredibly varied and rewarding opportunities such as maritime law, surveying ships or training future seafarers.

Visit the following link to find out more…

Careers in the NHS

Have you ever thought about a career in the NHS? Complete the ‘career finder’ or read about what it is like to work for the NHS.

Visit the following link to find out more…

Careers in STEM

Time to be inspired!

Visit the below link to watch clips filmed by individuals who hold a wide range of different job roles.

Believe Video

Interactive Booklet

Please feel free to use this amazing interactive pdf that provides easy access to all the best Careers Week resources from NCW and their partners.

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 – 5 to 11 February

February 2nd, 2024

Venerable Bede CE Academy is proud to once again support National Apprenticeship Week!

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 is the 17th annual celebration of apprenticeships. The week brings together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit and opportunity that they bring.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2024 is ‘Skills for Life’. We encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future-ready skills.

Hints & Tips for Parents & Carers

The Essential Guide to Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Myth Buster

Click thumbnails to enlarge…

Click to download both as a PDF


Apprenticeships Are Amazing Film

This brand-new 6-minute film follows the inspirational stories of apprentices with learning differences, disabilities and health conditions.
Learn how these apprentices are progressing in their careers through apprenticeships and the ways that their employers and training providers are supporting them.

The Apprenticeship Quiz 2024

How much do you know about apprenticeships? Test your knowledge with our fun quiz and learn a little more about what roles are available, when to apply, when companies advertise and what they might be looking for. Can you get 10/10?

Highlights of NAW 2023

Watch the video below to see the highlights of National Apprenticeship Week 2023

Searching for an Apprenticeship

Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

February 1st, 2024


We are proud to be taking part, once again, in Children’s Mental Health Week! Click the link or the image below to find out more!

Venerable Bede CE Academy – Careers Fair

January 11th, 2024

Venerable Bede CE Academy will hold it’s annual Careers Fair today. Several local and national providers will be available to engage with our pupils.

If you or your child is unable to attend, resources from several of those providers are available below!

VB Music Department hits the right note (AGAIN)!

November 24th, 2023

We have, once again, been nominated by Sunderland Music Hub to become a Music Mark school for the 2023/24 academic year. We have been recognised for our commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum and the value that we place on music, and as a result, we have been nominated to become part of the Music Mark community.  

Mrs Bonner, Head of Music, said “It’s great to receive this positive recognition – especially considering the difficulties we’ve faced as a subject during the pandemic. The peripatetic team have done everything possible to help keep music active and raise it’s visibility and importance in the school curriculum. We are looking forward to a busy festive period this year where we can once again welcome live audiences to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and join in community singing. 

As a department, we have approximately 25% of the school population engaged in small group singing and instrumental tuition on a weekly basis and run several after school clubs from rock bands to singing clubs. We have had a number of pupils sit their external ABRSM and Rockschool instrumental singing exams over the last 2 years, both remotely and face to face, and received some amazing results. The music staff have worked collaboratively to get involved in every opportunity to keep music alive in school, pre-recording performances for services and Christmas events. I am so proud to work with such a talented and committed team of peripatetic staff.” 


Community Christmas Concert 2023!

November 24th, 2023

VB Families – Click here to log in to ParentMail to purchase tickets