A Youth Support webpage offering advice to young people about everything from clearing and careers to apprenticeships and gap years is available at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/learning/schools/support-for-young-people/choices.aspx

Among the agencies and options listed there are:


A number of drop-in sessions are being held across Central Bedfordshire between next week and the beginning of September.

Careers advisors from independent advice service 4YP will be at sessions in Houghton Regis, Sandy, Biggleswade, Flitwick, Leighton Buzzard, Arlesey and Dunstable.

They will offer help with interview skills, finding and applying for suitable apprenticeships or college and university courses, preparing a CV and completing job applications.

For more information, visit www.4ypuk.com, email gillboydell@4ypuk.com or call 07903 202 703.

Local sessions will be held on:

• Wednesday 19 August, 2pm to 4pm, Bedford Square, Houghton Regis
• Tuesday 1 September, 2pm to 4pm, Tactic Centre, Leighton Buzzard
• Wednesday 2 September, 2pm to 4pm, 11 Ashton Square, Dunstable (above the cake shop)


If you are hoping to go to university but didn’t get the grades you wanted, did better than expected or don’t want to take up any of your offers, then you may be able to secure a place through clearing.

You can view all courses with vacancies and then contact the course providers directly to see if they will offer you a place. Visit www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/results/no-offers-use-clearing or call 0371 468 0468.

Alternately, you can ring the Exam Results Helpline for free, independent advice between 13-24 August. Call 0808 100 8000 (calls are free from landlines and selected mobile networks).

Look overseas

The UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) has advice about studying abroad (which can often be a cheaper option than going to university in the UK) and also gap years, if you want some time off between school or college and university or starting an apprenticeship or work. Find out more at www.ucas.com


The National Apprenticeship Service has lists of apprenticeships nationwide on its website.

These are a great way or learning and earning at the same time, as you will receive a wage while also working towards a qualification.

Many big employers and organisations nationwide, including Central Bedfordshire Council, offer apprenticeships in lots of different fields.

For more information and to apply, visit www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship