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As students across the country receive their GCSE results this week, Lisa Capper, Nacro Principal (pictured above) advises local young people how they can prepare to make the best of results day, whatever their grades.

GCSE results day can be nerve wracking at the best of times but this year due to the nature of how the grades will be allocated, we are seeing unprecedented levels of uncertainty. Whatever your results, we aim to welcome all students and look at the overall picture to ensure we can offer the best possible programme.

Whether you receive the grades you wanted or not, there are options out there for you to be able to move forward into the future you deserve. There is a course, apprenticeship, training or work experience placement out there that is right for you, along with an opportunity to re-sit your GCSE’s with Nacro.

Nacro is England’s largest independent charitable training provider of education and skills to 16–18 year olds, we’ve seen it all, and have used this experience to developed some top tips for people getting their GCSE results.

  1. Don’t panic: Even if you didn’t get what you hoped for you should take some time to acknowledge all your hard work to get this far and feel good about completing this stage in your life.
  2. Be ambitious: Stop and think about what you want to do next. Don’t let the current situation with COVID-19 dampen your ambition, things will change for the better. Ask yourself, what will help you achieve your career goals? Is it a course or do you need to gain work experience or develop a specific skill?
  3. Be realistic: Long term things will hopefully go back to normal, but in the short term there are restrictions. Now might not be the best time to try to gain work experience in the production of large events or the entertainment industry for example, but you can use this time building useful, transferable skills, so when your dream industry starts up again you are in a prime position to get a foot in the door.
  4. Think outside the box: Continuing in a traditional education setting might work for some people but for others more vocational hands-on training would suit them better. Now is a great time to think about an apprenticeship or traineeship as the government has allocated additional resources to these schemes.
  5. Talk to someone: Find the right person to talk to about your next move – it could be a parent or carer, teacher at your school, or staff at a further education provider, like the Nacro Centres and Totton College. Talking things through will help you to decide what the best option is for you.

Our Nacro education centres can help you focus on either becoming work-ready through extensive work placements and employability skills development, or skills-ready through high quality level 1 and 2 vocational courses, leading to further training or an apprenticeship.

Call the phone number below of the education centre of interest to find out how we can help you to take your next steps and achieve your goals. Always remember that nothing can stop you from getting where you want to be. You have what it takes to succeed.

Nacro Bolton, 01204 381 656
Nacro Boston, 01205 359 664
Nacro Carlisle, 01228 513 859
Nacro Chatham, 01634 402 761
Nacro Leeds, 0113 239 2674
Nacro Longton, 01782 332 699
Nacro Middlesbrough, 01642 223 551
Nacro Newcastle, 0191 265 8164
Nacro Peterborough, 01733 561 596
Nacro Sandwell, 0121 552 9589
Nacro Sheffield, 01142 722 319
Nacro Spalding, 01775 714 105
Nacro Walsall, 01922 625 060
Nacro Wisbech, 01945 467 254
Totton College, 023 8087 4874