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Staff interviewed on TV and radio to help A-level students take their next steps

26 August 2014

Young people across England and Wales recently received their A-level results. Several Prospects employees were interviewed by local and national news outlets to advise young people unsure what their next step should be. National Careers Service

Laurie McLoughlin, Partnership Manager for the National Careers Service for London, gave two live TV interviews. The first was ITV's breakfast show Good Morning Britain, where Laurie reassured students from Rochdale School, who had collected their results live on air and were disappointed with their grades. Laurie advised them not to make any rash decisions, stay calm, ask family and friends for support, and seek professional advice from the National Careers Service. After the interview Laurie stayed in the studio to support students through a live Facebook webchat. Laurie wrote a ‘Top Tips’ section for the Good Morning Britain homepage, advising students and parents on how Clearing works, and giving information on apprenticeships and how to contact the National Careers Service.

The second interview was on the BBC News Channel, where Laurie spoke on alternative employment and training routes to university. Laurie discussed the benefits of apprenticeships, vocational training available and how to gain professional qualifications.

Laurie said: "Results day is a rollercoaster of emotions for students. It was important to emphasise the need to plan your next move carefully before making a final decision, and consider all the options available; whilst reassuring students that help is at hand through the National Careers Service."

Annie Dobson, a Case Responsible Officer for the Gloucestershire Youth Support Team, spent the day on BBC Radio 1, where she was interviewed and acted as the phone-in adviser on behalf of the UCAS helpline.

David Coward, Prospects Personal Adviser in Leicestershire South, featured on hourly news bulletins throughout the day on Oak FM, a local radio station. David talked about employment and apprenticeship options available to students who have not achieved their required A-level grades for university.

David said: “It was great that Prospects featured on Oak FM and I was able to raise awareness of alternative options to university after A-levels.”

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