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Help and advice about what’s next after exams! Here are some options for people receiving their A-Level, BTECs, and GCSE results

Your career, supercharged!

Are you planning the first steps in a new career or know someone who is?

Train4Tomorrow Skills Bootcamps offer free, flexible skills training to adults aged 19 and over in Devon and Cornwall and to date have helped thousands supercharge their skills and ignite their careers. The courses take up to 16 weeks and give learners the opportunity to gain industry-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer.

There are lots of courses starting in September across a variety of exciting sectors like green, digital, construction and professional services. Don’t miss out, visit our website to find out more and book your place!

You can also find out what some of our Skills Bootcamps graduates have to say about their experience!

Find a career you’ll care about!

We know a lot of young people are thinking about the next steps in their careers at the moment. If you’re passionate about helping people, then a career in social care and health might be for you!

We’re raising awareness of the many, varied and rewarding careers that are possible in social care and health as well as the different pathways young people can take into the sector, through school, college, vocational courses and university degrees.

Whatever your skill set, there’s a career path to suit you.

Visit the Proud to Care Devon website to explore different roles and read more about some of the amazing people doing them already.

Exam results drop-in sessions at Youth Hub Devon

Whether your results are better than you thought or different from what you were expecting you may be looking for advice or support about what to do next.

Youth Hub Devon is offering dedicated drop-in sessions for everyone receiving their GCSE and A Level results.

The service helps young people aged 16 to 24 to get the right training, support and guidance to help them with their futures.

They provide a range of help including CV and interview support, advice on searching for a job or an apprenticeship, or simply some career guidance..

They’ve got dedicated sessions this week, but support is available throughout the year from their base at Exeter Library.

It’s open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:30am to 4:30pm; Wednesday, from 10am to 5pm; and Friday, from 9:30am to 4:30pm for virtual appointments.

Young people can drop in for an initial chat (please note that appointments are on a first come first served basis, so we may ask you to wait) and to book a further appointment. Alternatively, you can book an appointment via our website

Think you know local government? Think again.

At Devon County Council all of our employees are supported and encouraged to grow to reach their full potential, whilst doing something good and making a difference for those around you.

We recognise that full-time study isn’t for everyone, and for some, they are ready to take the first step in their career. There are so many exciting early career opportunities with Devon County Council, with lots of varied options, from apprenticeships, work experience, supported internships, and T Level industry placements.

We currently offer apprenticeships in Business and Administration, Customer Service, Civil Engineering, Assistant Accountancy and Social Work, on an annual basis. As well as a variety of apprenticeships from entry-level roles, up to degree-level roles on an ad hoc basis.

Take the First Step in your career journey and gain experience with Devon County Council.

Hear from one of our previous apprentices, Paiton, on her career journey with Devon County Council so far.

Council congratulates young people in care and care leavers for being achievers

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, our Cabinet Member with responsibility for education, has congratulated young people in our care and care leavers on achieving their A-level, AS-level, T-level and BTEC qualifications.

And he wishes good luck to all those with care experience due to receive their GCSE results tomorrow, (Thursday).

18 year old Katie (not her real name), did better than she had expected, passing all three of her Sociology, Media Studies and Business Studies A-Levels.

“I’m really pleased with my results. It’s been a really hard slog with one thing or another, but I did it! With these grades, I’ve now got my place secured to study law at University,” she said.

Katie’s carer, said:

“I’m so proud of Katie for all the hard work and commitment that she has shown.”

You can read the full story on our news page.

Qualifications are important, but so is mental health

Getting your exam results can be a worrying time. Even if you got the results you wanted, planning for the next stage of your life can be emotionally challenging. And for those who didn’t get the grades they were expecting, it can be especially difficult.

With many young people’s university and college hopes dependent on exam results, this time of year can prove stressful which, in some extreme cases, can lead to periods of anxiety, isolation and depression.

If you’re upset, disappointed, or worried about your future, it can really help to talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling. 

In Devon, there are two digital mental health offers to help young people. For anyone aged 11 to18 years old, there’s Kooth, and for those over 18 there’s a service called Qwell. Both offer free, safe and confidential online support and it’s really simple to set up an account.

If you’re a parent or guardian of a young person, Action for Children has some useful advice about how you can help support your child during this period.