Walsall College is urging students who received their GCSE exam results last week or had their A Level results, to explore all the options available to them before making a decision about their next step.
Carol Egan, Director of Student Journey at Walsall College said: “Students are faced with a difficult decision when they leave school or college. Choosing which course or apprenticeship to enrol on also means they are deciding which career route they want to pursue.
“With the reduction of independent careers advisors in schools, young people have less information to help them with this important decision. In current times when the job market is more competitive than ever, impartial careers advice has become increasingly important.”
Carol added: “All young people have to stay in some kind of education or training until they are aged 18, but this doesn’t mean they have to stay on at school after completing year 11. Full-time and part-time college courses and apprenticeships are also viable options.”
“With higher education tuition fees continuing to rise, it is becoming increasingly important that students are aware of the affordable option; completing university level courses at FE colleges or that they can alternatively choose to do a higher apprenticeship.”
The college’s awarding winning team of careers and guidance officers are available for extended hours during the enrolment period, which starts on GCSE results day, to offer impartial advice to help people to find the right pathway for them. So anyone who has achieved higher or lower exam results than they expected or are just unsure about what to do next can come and speak to someone at the college.
Walsall College’s Careers and Guidance team is available all year round, but from 25th August –10th September they will be available for extended hours: 10am -7pm from Monday to Thursday, 10am – 4pm on Friday, and 10am – 2pm on Saturday. Alternatively they can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01922 657000.