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Central Bedfordshire Council has a number of services available to support young people who will be receiving their exam results this week.

The Council’s Youth Support Service provides impartial, up to date information on education, employment and training opportunities for young people aged 13 to 19 years old (up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities).

The service’s Find Your Future website has lots of information available for free, including how to write a CV, how to prepare for a job interview and the kinds of skills people should demonstrate to increase their employability.

There are also careers quizzes available for anyone unsure about what they want to do, and information about careers in different sectors. Find out more at: www.findyourfuture.org.uk.

Students who didn’t get the grades they required, or who have questions about clearing, next steps or options for further or higher education can contact the service by messaging them on Facebook, by emailing Youth.Services@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or calling 0300 300 8352.

The Academy offers quality apprenticeship programmes, which combine on-the-job practical skills with academic learning. Pupils who have finished their GCSEs or A levels can apply to complete an apprenticeship in a range of sectors.

The Academy offers apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 5. Find out more about apprenticeships at Academy or on Facebook

Cllr Sue Clark, executive member for families, education and children said:

“We have lots of ways to support our young people who may now be thinking about their next steps, so I would urge them to make the most of the free services available. Families may also find the services useful to help support their children.

“My best wishes to all students receiving their exam results – I am sure your hard work will have paid off and I hope you have achieved the results you need to take your next steps in life. Good luck.”