Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Help and Guidance Is at Hand for You; Service Gives Advice to Young People

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Help and Guidance Is at Hand for You; Service Gives Advice to Young People

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Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL

HELP is at hand from Connexions North Tyneside for school-leavers who are unsure about what the future holds.

The service offers advice on a range of topics for young people aged 13 to 19, and up to 25 for young people with special needs.

Whether you've got a clear idea about your future career or you don't yet know which route to take, Connexions' personal advisers are available to talk through the options. The main routes available to young people after Year 11 are: ? To continue education full-time, either at school, sixth form or FE college.

To continue learning through an apprenticeship or other work-based learning programme.

To find a job. Here are Connexions' top tips: Everybody is different - don't just pick what your friends have chosen. Choose the option which is best for you and your own future. Further education courses can be studied within a school sixth form or at a college of further education. There's a wide range of courses on offer leading to a number of different types of qualification.

Moving onto further education offers you the opportunity to gain further qualifications which will help your employment prospects or let you progress to higher education.

You can also study new subjects that would not be available at school. Courses are available for all levels of ability and can be combined to provide a programme of study tailored to your needs.

When deciding which route to apply for, compare courses - the same course may be available at several institutions. Find out how the courses differ and what students from that course go on to do.

When comparing further education institutions, try to find out about the facilities available, the age mix of students and entry requirements. Institutions often run open days, open evenings or taster courses so you can find out more. Work-based learning may be the route for you if you want to work but still gain a qualification. There is a wide range of training opportunities available. …

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