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Choices advice for students as exam results come in

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Hampshire County Council is reassuring the county's GCSE students not to worry if they do not achieve the results they expected.

On GCSE results day (22 August), a team of qualified careers advisers from Hampshire Careers and Employability Service will be on Twitter @hantsfutures, offering advice and guidance to students about the options open to them for post-16 education and training. Students will be able to tweet a question to the team and have their query answered or be directed to a local telephone and, in some areas, drop-in support where they will be given help to access the most appropriate source of information and further guidance.

All young people are now required to stay in some form of education or training until the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of 17, so it is important that they have top quality advice and guidance available to support them in making the right decision.

Commenting, Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education, said: "I anticipate the majority of this year's GCSE students will have good cause to celebrate their achievements but those who are worried because of their results should not be disheartened. There is a multitude of excellent opportunities open to all 16 year olds in either further education or vocational training and the important thing is that each young person considers all the available options. On results day, any young person can tweet a careers advice question to @hantsfutures, they will be answered and, hopefully, any fears or worries that they may have initially will soon disappear."

School leavers who are still undecided about which option is best for them can find practical advice and information online at 'YouthTube'. Here they can find out about opportunities for further education, work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities. Among the practical advice available is how to produce a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and the possibilities for financial support.

Hampshire County Council has also made a commitment to provide 1000 apprenticeship opportunities within the organisation over the next five years.

Apprenticeships will be advertised on the National Apprenticeship website but, in the meantime, young people can register their interest in an apprenticeship scheme by adding their details to the Council's 'Youth Talent Bank'.

Councillor Edgar, added: "We are working hard to develop opportunities for young people to improve their prospects as they move towards entering a very competitive job market. To this end we are committed to supporting young people to enable them to reach their potential.

"Advice via @hantsfutures will be available beyond results day of course and is part of a range of support provided by the County Council. This includes our Hampshire Youth Investment programme apprenticeship scheme, investment in Future Skills Centres, advice and support through YouthTube and the Hampshire Careers and Employability Service."

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