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New skills booklet answers the question 'What's Next'?


The 'What's next?' booklet is now landing on the door steps of all year eight, nine, 10 and 11 students in Gloucestershire. The helpful leaflet provides information and guidance on what is next after their GCSEs.

The booklet, which is being distributed for a fourth year, encourages students to think about what subjects they enjoy, what they're good at and what they might want to do after school. Designed with the help of students themselves, it takes young people through the choices they have.

Students have to stay in a form of education or training until their 18th birthday, but this doesn't have to be at school. The 'What's Next' booklet outlines all the options available, including apprenticeships, traineeships or part-time training whilst working.

Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We've all been faced by important choices about our futures and having the right information is vital. 'What's next?' outlines lots of possibilities, as well as how to find out more. There's support and help out there, so I'd encourage students to read through and see what sparks their interest."

The booklets objective is to help choose the right training and qualifications for pupils' and is part of the Youth Employment and Skills campaign. It aims to help develop the skills of young people in Gloucestershire, to strengthen the local economy and retain talent in the county.

The 'What's Next' booklet will be delivered directly to students homes. Additional copies will be made available at schools, libraries and youth support services.

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