After months of hard work, the waiting is nearly over for thousands of students across Northamptonshire as they prepare to pick up their GCSE exam results tomorrow (Thursday).
There are various options for young people after Year 11, including full or part-time education in a school sixth form or a Further Education College, a job with training or an apprenticeship.
And staff at Connexions in the county are ready to help anyone who needs advice if their results are not what they expected or they want to speak to someone about their next step.
Adele Raper and Kat O’Connor, Connexions choices advisers, said: “The first thing to remember is not to panic or rush into things.
“Once you get your results and if you need some advice firstly speak to your school who will provide advice and support to help you, you may be able to see a Connexions adviser if your school has made arrangements for this service. “You can also ring the National Exam Results Helpline on 0808 1008000 (open from August 16 to August 25) or the National Careers Service on 0800 100900 (8am until 10pm every day) or by visiting https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.”
Young people who are looking for a job or an apprenticeship will find more than 170 vacancies across the county on the Connexions website at www.jobs4you2.org.uk.
Students can call 0800 7313219 or register online to receive the latest jobs by post or email.
Young people looking for a job can also see an adviser at one of the Jobs Clubs across the county – for dates and times visit www.4you2.org.uk/contact.
The National Apprenticeship Service also has apprenticeship vacancies across the country – for more details visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
For all the exam results from schools in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and Rushden tomorrow, visit www.northantstelegraph.co.uk throughout the day.
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Schools are invited to send in their exam results and celebration pictures by emailing email@example.com.