Online careers support service launched as students prepare for exam results day

Claire McArthur and Jamie Nelson show how their careers have evolved as part of the #NoWrongPath campaign

An online careers support service has been launched in anticipation of young people receiving their exam results in Scotland.

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow has developed an online resource for pupils due to receive exam results on Tuesday 6 August as part of its #NoWrongPath campaign.

Now in its third year, the award-winning campaign will continue to celebrate the many varied paths available to school leavers. Last year, it reached over 20 million people on social media, with 13,000 people posting their varied pathways from school to employment.

For the last two years, the hashtag #NoWrongPath has trended at number one in the UK on twitter on Exam Results Day, with members of the public and celebrities including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Still Game actor Scott Reid participating.

This year, DYW has launched a new, dedicated website featuring a digital handbook for students and parents waiting to receive results by signposting many of the opportunities available to young people across Glasgow.

This will include links to further education, volunteering, job opportunities, career inspiration and mental health support.

It will be the first time that all this information will be compiled in one place for students and parents to access in the run up to receiving their results and beyond.

The resource is supported by organisations including the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Vodafone, IKEA, S1 Jobs, FirstBus, Barrhead Travel and The Open University.

DYW Glasgow has called for more businesses to get involved and use the website to highlight the breadth of support and opportunities available to young people as they consider their next steps.

Richard Muir, Deputy Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce which hosts DYW Glasgow, said: “Exam results day can be a nerve-wracking and pivotal point for school leavers, and it is our hope that this website can serve to inspire and inform young people as they take their next steps, whether in education, the workforce or otherwise.

“We encourage businesses across the city to contact us and contribute to this resource, so that we can create a network of support and opportunity for our young people.”

People can also get involved in the social media campaign by posting a photograph of their own path on social media on 06 August using the hashtag #NoWrongPath and tagging @DYWGlasgow, holding a sign with their name, what they did when they left school and what they are doing now.

DYW Glasgow is part of the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between schools and businesses, with the aim of reducing youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

For more information on opportunities and support, please visit www.nowrongpath.scot