Nervous teens anxiously awaiting their A-level results can rest assured that they have plenty of future options in Hertfordshire
Whether that’s in education, training or employment.
David Williams, Cabinet Member for Education, wished students good luck for Thursday. He said: “I’d like to wish Hertfordshire’s students the very best, and hope that you are not feeling too anxious or stressed.
“I’m confident that your hard work and that of your teachers at our excellent schools across the county will have paid off and the results will again show that Hertfordshire performs above the national average.
“Whatever the outcome when those envelopes are opened, I’d like to reassure you and your parents that there are plenty of options available. Dedicated people will be on-hand to give you all the advice you need. Schools will have members of staff available to talk through your choices - whether you’ve exceeded your expectations, had a change of heart about what to do next or if the news isn’t what you hoped for.”
Students should be prepared to deal with all eventualities on the day. Take a mobile phone, pen and paper, your university or college offer (if you have one) and related paperwork, such as your personal statement and reference. If pupils are unable to take up a place they have been offered, there is the chance to find a new course through the UCAS clearing system. Another way to gain further qualifications and hands-on experience would be to do an apprenticeship, many companies offer opportunities suitable for students after A levels. There’s also the opportunity to re-sit exams if required.
Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions has lots of advice and information for students on what to do next - visit the ‘advice and support’ section at www.youthconnexions.org
They will be running a Q&A on exam results on twitter @hertsjobs16to19 using the hashtag #YCResults16 from 11am to 4pm on Thursday (18 August).
It is also possible to search for apprenticeships, further education courses and jobs on this site, and Youth Connexions offers a free job matching service. Call 01438 844766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, students are welcome to visit or make contact with personal advisers in Youth Connexions One Stop Shops and centres across the county. Full details are on the website.
David added: “Whatever you decide, I hope you have an enjoyable summer and wish you all the best for the future.”