Nottingham City Council wants to wish all pupils getting their GCSE results this week good luck – and remind them not to worry.

While many 16-year-olds are nervously waiting, they shouldn’t panic as there will be lots of help and support out there – with plenty of options in Nottingham.

Pupils will be picking up their results on Thursday 25 August and some may have already decided on their next path, be that further education, training or employment.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills, Councillor Sam Webster, said: “I want to wish all our young people collecting their GCSE results this week the very best of luck, and I hope they achieve everything they want.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate pupils – and their teachers and parents – on their hard work, and wish them the very best for the future, whether they are continuing their education, taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship, or entering employment for the first time.

“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, and schools will have members of staff available to talk through your choices.”

A number of organisations will be providing support to pupils who are collecting their results this week, including schools, colleges and training providers.

Futures Advice in Nottingham is a service that has lots of guidance and information for pupils on what to do next. There will be qualified Careers Advisers available at the Futures Careers Centre, 57 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, from 1pm to 4pm on Monday to Friday for people who wish to call into the centre for face-to-face advice. Advisers will also be available via phone, text, email and Facebook from 9am to 6pm. All advisers will share regular updates about post-16 opportunities on their Facebook homepage. Futures is a joint partnership between Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council and offers help and support to both city and county residents.

The city’s Nottingham Jobs Hub team runs a range of programmes designed for school leavers, including traineeships, apprenticeships and other training schemes that allow young people to ‘earn as they learn’ in more than 170 industries. The Jobs Hub offers training in a range of sectors such as construction, health and social care, business administration, hospitality and retail.

In addition, there is the annual Jobs Fair, in association with NG Teach, coming up soon where people can come and access not only employers, but training providers and careers advice as well. It’s on Tuesday 13 September from 10am to 3pm at the Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – people can download a registration form at the website

Cllr Webster said: “The council is committed to helping schools improve and to driving up standards so that our children and young people have the chance to reach their full potential, and over the next few days we’ll start to get a clear picture of how our young people have performed in their GCSEs.”

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