Connexions support to Sandwell young people

The Connexions Sandwell team that helped hundreds of young people to continue their studies after GCSE and A-level results has been praised for the support it has offered.

The team of personal advisors from the Connexions Sandwell were in Sandwell schools and the One Stop Shop at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, to help hundreds of young people who were not sure of their next step after their GCSE and A-level exam results in August. They were on hand to give advice on options available to the young people, using their expertise and knowledge to point young people to opportunities available to them.

Typical of the service was the work undertaken by Connexions in Holly Lodge High School where personal adviser Lynn Edge helped one of her young people into a place at Oxford to study law. Another Holly Lodge student was accepted onto a degree apprenticeship with Capgemini and all young people she worked with had an offer at the end of the session.

There was good news for Fidala Ilmas from Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) who had achieved an incredible seven qualifications at the highest grade 9 and two at grade 8. Fidala said: "I would like to thank the Academy and Sandwell Connexions for all the careers support provided throughout my five years of education at OSCA. "I am so excited about starting my A-levels at King Edward's in Stourbridge in maths, biology and chemistry, my long-term career plans are to study medicine at Oxford University and become a GP." At Bristnall Hall Academy, the principal Vince Green thanked Linda Conlon, the Connexions personal adviser, for being there. She helped 26 students plus four parents including one parent who hugged Linda and thanked her for helping her daughter, who has just had a baby. Councillor Danny Millard, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for skills and employment, said: "Our Connexions team did a great job and met with more than 300 young people and their parents to talk to them about their next steps after receiving their exam results. "Some of them did better than they were expecting and others hadn’t done quite so well as they had hoped to – but all of them got great advice about their next steps after school or college." Anyone with a son or daughter still needing advice on their exam results or help to get into college, training, apprenticeships or employment, should Connexions on 0121 569 2955 or visit the One Stop Shop, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury.

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