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Exam results helpline offering support across Highlands

By Andrew Dixon

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Lorraine McGarry.
Lorraine McGarry.

Thousands of young people can access dedicated exam results support when Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) results helpline opens on Tuesday.

The helpline from Scotland’s career service offers advice, information and guidance for young people and their parents and carers from 8am on results day. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.

Around 138,000 candidates across the country will receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher results.

James Russell, SDS director of career information, advice and guidance operations, said: “This year is unlike any other and young people receiving results and their families may be feeling more anxious which is understandable. This is the point when their work and efforts are recognised, our advice and support is available and our message is if your results aren’t what you expected, don’t worry, you have lots of options.

“Our careers advisers are here to help you and your parents and carers with information on all the options and opportunities on offer.”

SDS’s expert careers advisers can discuss options and next steps such as course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, confirmation and clearing, modern, foundation and graduate apprenticeships and jobs or volunteering.

SDS’s Inverness-based careers adviser Lorraine McGarry said: “Young people receiving their results have had a very different experience this year. The helpline and their school careers advisers are there to help them, and their parents and carers who make around a third of the calls to the helpline, to find out about all of options and opportunities available to them.”

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