THOUSANDS of Stafford, Stone and Rugeley teenagers are today picking up their GCSE results.
And whether people got what they were hoping for or didn’t quite make the grades careers and skills advisers will be on hand to help.
Karen Ashby, head of Entrust’s careers and participation service in Fairway, Stafford, said: “GCSE results day is a very exciting time but can also be an anxious time. Your results may not be as you expected and you may be unsure of your next step.
“Entrust careers advisers will be available in many schools in Staffordshire on GCSE results day to provide support and guidance.
“These expert advisers offer independent impartial careers guidance on a range of options to include apprenticeships, college and sixth form, as well as other courses and activities to support you on the best path to attain your chosen career.”
Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills, said this year’s GCSE exams were more rigorous, focusing more on exams and less on coursework.
He said: “GCSEs are a solid foundation for any future career, and young people up and down the county will today see their hard work recognised when they get their results.
“Getting the right mix of skills is important for any future career. A key part of this is gaining skills that will be relevant for any career path and keeping your options open. Having a broad range of skills applicable to a number of careers gives young people the best chance of finding employment when they leave full-time education.
“The county council’s part in this is to provide good and effective support to our schools, along with our unique joint venture company Entrust. Another is how we are helping schools form strong relationships with local businesses through the county council-backed Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Education Trust.”
The Exam Results Helpline was also due to open from 8am today to provide advice and support to students.
Careers advisers will be on the line offering help on subject choices at sixth form, as well as information on other potential options at colleges and apprenticeships.
The helpline is available on 0808 100 8000.