Young People urged to Drop In NOT Drop Out!

A crucial support enterprise has once again opened its doors to help young people across Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire make important and informed decisions about their future.

School-leavers, college-leavers and undergraduates are being urged to drop-in and take advantage of a free 2-week impartial advice service being delivered collaboratively by Stoke on Trent College, the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, Staffordshire University and Stoke LEA Careers.

From Thursday, August 18th, a team of career and education experts are on hand to help young people explore their options, get advice or apply to college, University or for an apprenticeship. It will offer a one-stop-shop of information and guidance, answering any question they may have or support their needs and is being held at Stoke on Trent College’s Cauldon Campus, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent.

It is the third year the initiative has taken place after proving a lifeline for some of the 6,500 young people receiving exam results last year. It is expected hundreds of young people will benefit from the service.

Sarah Robinson, Chief Executive at Stoke on Trent College, said: “This service operates at a critical time of year for thousands of young people receiving GCSE, vocational course and A-Level results.

“By coming along, individuals will be able to receive independent advice about their options and support about moving forwards on to the next step, whether that be a different course, apprenticeship or degree.

“They will be able to get everything they need in one place and our message is simple; it isn’t too late for young people to choose their future direction no matter what their results are.

“Furthermore, by working with partners to help ensure young people get sound career advice helps to raise educational standards, as well as create and maintain skills in the area.”

The careers and guidance event will take place at Stoke on Trent College, Cauldon Campus, Stoke Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 2DG, from Monday August 18th to Friday August 26th between 10am and 4pm.

On GCSE day, 25th and 26th of August, Stoke on Trent College advisors will also be supporting the Information and Guidance staff at the Smithfield 1 in Hanley.

Mark Whittaker, Director of Marketing and Admissions at Stoke on Trent College said, “Over the three years dozens of students have benefited from the additional support we offer, at what can be an extremely difficult and emotional time. There are always options for youngsters to continue their education, sometimes knowing which the right path is for them is a little daunting.  Our careers staff are on hand to help and support them onto the next step!”

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