Help at hand for students

A NEW service has been set up to provide help for youngsters without a clear plan for their next step.

With this morning’s GCSE results coming just a week after older students discovered how they had fared in their A-levels, thousands of youngsters are now at a crossroads when it comes to choosing their next option.

Across East Durham, the new One Point service for children and families can offer personalised support for young people who have not secured a place in education, training, or employment or who have difficulties which may prevent them taking up an opportunity in learning.

Chris Peverall, One Point Hub manager, said: “Personal advisers can see young people at one of the 10 One Point service hubs or in a venue in their community.

“They can help to look at the options available, find a course or training, search for job or apprenticeship and get help with a CV so even if you don’t get the results you would have liked, don’t worry as help is available.”

To contact an adviser telephone 03000 261111 and ask to be directed to your nearest centre.

Other help points for students can be found at:

l for local information about careers, opportunities and open events. An online prospectus highlights all the opportunities available in sixth form, college or work based learning.

l Those looking for an apprenticeship register can complete an application online at

l For general careers queries or to speak to an adviser call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900

l UCAS will continue to operate their clearing helpline for A-level students until the end of August on 0808 468 0 468.