YC Hertfordshire on hand to offer advice to Stortford's A-level students
Ed Williams is an English literature student entering his final year at Oxford Brookes University. The 20-year-old has always lived in Stansted or Bishop's Stortford and is a former pupil of Bentfield Primary School in Stansted and Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport. Here, as part of a week's work experience at the Independent, he writes for youngsters receiving their A-level results today (Thursday, August 16).
As a current university student who has been through the trials and tribulations of school exam season and the stresses that come with it, it is reassuring to see that Hertfordshire County Council is taking steps to give this year’s A-level and GCSE students some much-needed support and guidance on the dreaded results day.
It’s no secret that exam season places a great deal of pressure on students to meet target grades and achieve exceptional results, and most schools will be pushing for students to follow the university route and have a solid plan for the future.
The reality is that most students will not have this figured out, even if they have achieved their desired grades, and many will be left feeling that an under-performance in exam results is the end of the world.
But that is not the case. Your future does not have to be determined by your results, and the schemes introduced by the council stand to prove that.
Cllr Teresa Heritage, deputy leader of Hertfordshire County Council and its cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “Whether you’ve exceeded your expectations, want to rethink your plans or if the news isn’t quite what you’d hoped for, I would like to reassure you and your parents that help is available.
“Dedicated people will be on hand from August 16 to give you all the advice you need to make the most of the many opportunities available to you both in Hertfordshire and beyond.”
The expert advisers working for the council’s youth service, known as YC Hertfordshire, are on hand before, during and after both results days to discuss options and what to do next, be it higher education, training or employment.
You can chat with them face to face by visiting the Northgate Youth Centre opposite the Glyn Hopkin Fiat and Nissan dealership, where they will be happy to help directly.
You can also search for jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships on the YC Hertfordshire website and register to get job alerts by text or email. You’ll receive the job details, including how to apply, get access to their CV builder and further support from the team.
You can call them to discuss vacancies on the site on 01438 844766, text them on 07860 022898 until 7pm every day. You can also follow them on twitter @hertsjobs16to19.
This year, the national Exam Results Helpline will be delivered by the National Careers Service. It went live today and will be available to students and parents from 8am to 10pm seven days a week on 0800 100 900.
Advisers will be able to support on A-levels, GCSEs, BTECs, apprenticeships, university, gap years, resits, re-marks, student finance and any other questions you might have.
* A keen writer and musician, Ed hopes for a career in television following his graduation. He currently has a part-time job in Wilko, Jackson Square, and is a writer for Xupes journal, the luxury online retailer based at Wickham Hall.