An extensive package of support has been put in place by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) for young people in Reading receiving their exam results this summer.
The team from Elevate Careers Service will be on hand to provide information, advice and guidance for students and their parents by phone, live chat and on their web page after the A/AS Level and GCSE results are published.
The service, which is operated by BFfC, will help individuals explore all options and provide advice on possible next steps such as; college and university, applying for apprenticeships or traineeships, access to work-based training and applying for jobs.
For the first time, young people will be able to talk to the Elevate team via the Live Chat app on the BFfC careers web page on or after results day at: https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/for-young-people/careers-service-for-young-people/. Results advice phone lines will also be open to offer support.
The dedicated BFfC careers web page will be regularly updated with information on local opportunities for jobs, traineeships, apprenticeships, internships, plus further and higher education choices and advice and support.
Elevate will also be using social media to promote local opportunities and links to useful resources for young people.
Tony Kildare, Managing Director of Brighter Futures for Children, said: “I am delighted the Elevate Careers Service is able to offer such a broad range of support for young people who receive their exam results in Reading this summer.
“There are so many possible paths to take after leaving school or college, whatever your results, so it is reassuring to know there will be a friendly team of experts on hand to listen and offer advice should you need it.”
Cllr Ashley Pearce, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said: “Young people receiving their results this year are doing so under extraordinary circumstances.
“The feelings of uncertainty students have experienced over the last few months due to coronavirus restrictions will continue to the day they receive their exam results and possibly beyond.
“This year, more than ever, it is vital that young people have somewhere to go for help and advice after receiving their results and I would encourage them to take advantage of the skilled support being offered by the team at Elevate.”
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has also published a list of national resources for students receiving their exam results this summer.
Their web page includes information for students who do not receive the results they wanted with details of the process for making an appeal and finding out about autumn exams.
There are also details of national support helplines, such as the Exam Results Helpline (0800 100 900)