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Results Day – What Happens Next..?
Monday 17th August, 2009

Results Day – What Happens Next..?
Local students get the good news on results day.

It’s the day when the nailbiting stops and the decisions are made: 27 August, exam results day.

And for several thousand GCSE pupils across the borough, there will be celebrations and talk of college or even the start of employment. But for some, the results may not be quite so welcome.

Help is at hand from the council’s Connexions team, as manager Elaine Dann explains: “There are many options open to young people - every year 11 and year 12 student leaving school or college this year is guaranteed an offer of learning under the September Guarantee. If you don’t get the results you were hoping for don’t worry.”

Opportunities for school leavers include a huge range of college courses to apprenticeships and work based learning programmes, but, as Elaine adds, it is important that young people get the correct advice and pointed in the right direction for their needs.

Elaine says: “Connexions Personal Advisers are experts in advising young people on employment, education and training options. They will be on hand in schools, colleges and the two local Connexions centres in Wigan and Leigh advising people about their options and supporting them in making decisions about the future.”

The council are particularly aware that the current economic climate means opportunities are limited. It has already created around 100 new apprentice places and is working with local employers on similar schemes to boost local jobs.

The council’s cabinet champion for young people, Cllr Susan Loudon, says: “We are working very closely with local learning providers and the Learning and Skills Council to secure more opportunities and to continue the successful yearly increase in the numbers of young people moving into learning.”

There are about 4,000 young people leaving school this year and the council’s teams want to ensure every one has an offer of a place in learning, either at college or through work.

Cllr Loudon adds: "Exam results time is never easy, and it’s especially challenging in the current economic climate. There are lots of opportunities for those leaving school, but they're going to be in demand, so it's vital to get good advice and to follow up on all options available."

Contact the team on Freephone 0800 953 0109 or visit the centres in Wigan and Leigh.

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