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Bexleyheath-based service offers advice on post-GCSE planning

PUBLISHED: 15:30 24 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:30 24 August 2016

GCSE results are out tomorrow

GCSE results are out tomorrow

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Fully qualified advisors can help those whose results may not be what they expected

Youngsters whose GCSE results do not meet their expectations can take advantage of free advice and support that will help them plan their future at a centre in Bexleyheath.

Prospects, based at the Bexley Youth Advice Centre on Broadway, offers a range of information and support on topics such as getting work training apprenticeships, problems with finances and career planning.

The service is available for people between the ages of 13 and 19, and up to the age of 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities.

With GCSE results out tomorrow (August 25), Prospects could prove useful for those contemplating their next step.

Michelle Langan, service manager for the Prospects Group in Bexley, said: “In terms of GCSEs, young people will be able to come here if they need further information and guidance.

“Nowadays, they can’t just get a job until they are over 18 - it would have to be a job with training.

“At the centre, they will have access to a fully qualified advisor with information about college open days, up-to-date qualifications and courses to plan for the future - particularly if their results are not what they expected.

“Someone comes to us, normally on a drop-in basis, and we would then sit down in private and discuss where they are.

“Then we would look at what sort of action needs to be taken to make a smooth transition from there.

“It could be looking at apprenticeship websites - whatever help they may need.”

The centre is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 1.30pm to 5pm, and the rest of the week from 9.30pm until 1pm.

In addition, a special event for those aged 16 and over is being held on September 21 at the council chambers in the Bexley Civic Offices on Watling Street from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

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