Exam re­sults are just the be­gin­ning . . .

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Town Hall View - John Holdich Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader gives his view on the coun­cil and news and is­sues af­fect­ing you...

If you’re one of the hun­dreds of young peo­ple across the city col­lect­ing your GCSE re­sults to­day then I hope you achieved the grades you wanted.

This time last week young peo­ple picked up their A-level re­sults and for the sec­ond year run­ning they achieved more passes than the na­tional av­er­age in Peter­bor­ough with an over­all pass rate of 98.3 per cent.

It can be a nerve wrack­ing time for young peo­ple and that doesn’t end when they find out how they’ve done. For many it’s just the be­gin­ning of work­ing out what they want to do next, whether it’s re­main­ing in ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing or en­ter­ing the world of work.

If you’re one of those young peo­ple, or you know some­one who is, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber there is plenty of sup­port out there.

Help and ad­vice is avail­able from the Youth Ac­cess Hub at City Col­lege Peter­bor­ough on Brook Street. On hand are ca­reers ad­vis­ers from the coun­cil, City Col­lege Peter­bor­ough and a range of other providers and ad­vice is also avail­able on search­ing for jobs, train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties or fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

The hub is open Mon­day to Fri­day through­out Au­gust from 1pm to 4.30pm (3pm on Tues­days and Thurs­days). Young peo­ple can drop in or call (01733) 864500.

If you’re look­ing for a job or you’d like to study for an ap­pren­tice­ship, then a good place to look is the web­site for young peo­ple man­aged by The Skills Ser­vice - www. stand­out­skills.co.uk.

There’s a live jobs board with va­can­cies specif­i­cally aimed at young peo­ple, de- tails of ap­pren­tice­ship and vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as tips for CV writ­ing and in­ter­views.

There’s also some re­ally good in­for­ma­tion about the top in­dus­tries lo­cally and the skills that are most in de­mand. Young peo­ple can use this in­for­ma­tion to help them de­cide where to fo­cus their ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing to en­able them to get a job at the end of it.

This is ex­actly what we are try­ing to achieve as part of a skills re­view for the area, so that we can tai­lor ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to pro­vide young peo­ple with the skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions that they need to get a job in the city.

If you’re stay­ing in ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing then it’s worth think­ing about what you can do to make your CV stand out when ap­ply­ing for jobs. Ex­pe­ri­ence in vol­un­teer­ing can set you apart from the rest, which you can achieve by tak­ing part in the Na­tional Cit­i­zen Ser­vice (NCS) pro­gramme. It of­fers young peo­ple the chance to bol­ster their CV, de­velop the skills that em­ploy­ers want, make new friends and in­crease con­fi­dence.

A record num­ber of 15 to 17-year-olds, 170 in to­tal, from across Peter­bor­ough have been tak­ing part in this sum­mer’s NCS pro­gramme. They’ve been on out­door ad­ven­tures, learned new skills and taken part in com­mu­nity pro­jects which have pro­vided fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ences to in­clude on their CVs in­clud­ing work at shel­tered hous­ing schemes, im­prov­ing Nene Val­ley Rail­way, run­ning ac­tiv­i­ties to raise money for char­ity and help­ing out at New Ark Play Cen­tre’s city farm.

You can find out more about the au­tumn NCS pro­gramme which takes place in Oc­to­ber by vis­it­ing our web­site and search­ing for Na­tional Cit­i­zen Ser­vice.

If you’re look­ing for a fundrais­ing chal­lenge to work to­wards, which of course would look great on your CV, then it’s now less than 50 days un­til the Perkins Great East­ern Run and the Anna’s Hope fun run.

There’s still time to sign up for this year’s event on Oc­to­ber 9, which is on track to be the biggest ever with thou­sands of runners al­ready signed up.

Free train­ing ses­sions have run through­out the sum­mer for any­one want­ing to step up to the chal­lenge. The re­main­ing ses­sions are on 7 and 21 Septem­ber and 5 Oc­to­ber at Peter­bor­ough Em­bank­ment Ath­let­ics Track on Bishop’s Road at 7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to en­ter the half marathon and fun run visit www.perkins­greateast­ern­run.co.uk

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