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What Next?

Monday 16th August 2010

 

‘WHAT NEXT?’– A New guide to tackle

post-exam blues

 

‘Don’t panic’ is the clear message in a new guide to help young people, who will be getting their exam results this week, decide what to do in the future.

 

The ‘What Next?’ guide is the result of public, private and voluntary sector organisations working together in the region, under the auspices of the East of England Skills and Competitiveness Partnership (EESCP).  EESCP includes the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), the Association of Universities in the East of England (AUEE) and Bedford Borough Council.

 

The brand new guide, the first of its kind in the region, outlines the different options 17-18 year-olds can take after finishing their courses.

 

It is being distributed by local authorities in schools, colleges and libraries across the borough. It contains useful web links and information to inform the choices young people will need to make.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council said: “Exam results day can be very stressful. We want to help young people by making sure they are aware of the support and advice on offer to them when contemplating their next steps. This ‘What next?’ booklet is great for doing just that. Organisations such as Connexions and UCAS can prove to be invaluable. Whatever an individual’s grades, by making the right decisions at the right time, everyone will have the opportunity to go on to lead interesting, progressive and ultimately fulfilling lives.”

 

Steve Cox, Executive Director of Spatial Economy at EEDA, representing EESCP said: “It can be a difficult and stressful time for young people when they are trying to decide what to do after receiving their results, especially if they are not the results they expect. The ‘What Next?’ guide provides useful signposts to the options available to young people after they finish school or college.  Whatever young people decide to do, continuing to learn new skills that will be needed in the workplace is essential. Businesses need the right people with the right skills to be able to compete at home and abroad.”

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