Careers Young WorkPath bitesize update - September 2023

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Careers Young WorkPath bitesize update - September 2023

Students celebrating exam results

What have we been up to?

Welcome to the second edition of the bitesize Careers Young WorkPath e-newsletter. We hope everyone had a lovely summer break and it has been a good start to the new academic year. Careers Advisers are returning to work in schools and colleges and looking forward to talking to pupils about their options, next steps and career aims. The team continue to offer face to face, virtual and telephone interviews for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).


Well done to all the students who received their exam results last month. Students across Tower Hamlets celebrated excellent results in their A levels, GCSEs and vocational qualifications this year. 

 GCSE results >

 A level and vocational results >

The Careers team were very busy on both results days and Advisers were available in schools across the borough. Pupils had an opportunity to talk to a Careers Adviser about their plans, discuss issues and concerns about their next steps and future careers, and get the support and guidance to find a suitable place in further education, university, training or support to move into a job or apprenticeship. 

We would like to share some feedback from young people and parents that we supported during A level and GCSE results days;

"I ended up taking the unconditional offer with London Metropolitan University to go on and do Accounting and Finance. I just want to thank you so much for your help yesterday, it truly means a lot and you played a big part in helping me get into uni. I truly appreciate it a lot and once again thank you so much." Year 13 student. 

"I cannot thank you enough for your kind support help and information. It is people like yourself that bring the best out of everyone around them. Thank you so very much, I appreciate your efforts." Parent of Year 11 student.

"I met my son's Career Advisor, during his Annual Review meeting in 2022 for the first time. Before this for 3 years every attempt to reintegrate my son into full time education was unsuccessful. I see my son's Career Advisors’ involvement in his case a turning point in bringing change, transformation and success for my son. She listened to his story, experience and aspirations. She created an individual plan, showed him his options, built his hope, confidence and taught him to trust professionals. She not only gave him names of colleges to apply, but she also taught him steps how to apply. He successfully applied to a college and got accepted this August. Since then, my son has learnt to independently travel to his college using the Overground train and bus service. He has made many good friends at his college. My happiest moment is when my son gave me hug after visiting his new college. He smiles and his face glows with happiness now. I am immensely grateful to everyone at the Careers Service for their role, practical help, guidance and phenomenal support for my son. Without the Careers Advisor, my son couldn't have accomplished all he did this year." Parent of Year 11 student.

Latest news

Raising the participation age (RPA)

Raising the participation age means after Year 11 school leavers must continue in education or training until 18, read more here. It does not mean staying in school and young people can choose one of the following options:

• Full-time education, such as sixth form or college.
• Work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship or traineeship/study programme.
• Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.

GCSE English and Maths 

Whatever option is chosen, if after Year 11 school leavers do not have a grade 4 (formerly C) in maths and/or English, they must keep studying these subjects until they achieve a minimum GCSE grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2 (this applies until their 18th birthday).

Post-16 providers

There are limited places left at sixth forms, colleges and other providers for this academic year.

Various applications to start in September 2024 have now opened and there are upcoming virtual and in-person events, such as open days and tours. 

For details, check the website or social media accounts of the relevant provider and you can find a list of providers on our webpage.

Post-18 UCAS university clearing still open

If pupils do not have a place or have not applied to university for this year, they will need to apply through Clearing, which remains open until 17 October. Find out further information on the UCAS website.

Free careers resources and support

Here are some organisations that provide information, advice and guidance on a range of careers, options and next steps. There are also short quizzes if young people are not sure what career or next step they are interested in.

If students in school or college need help, please encourage them to talk to their Careers Co-ordinator or Careers Adviser. Young people who are NEET, can contact us directly to arrange an interview.

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Careers Young WorkPath is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm and working from the WorkPath office, 55 Upper Bank St, London E14 5GR on Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only. For young people, parents or carers wishing to book a telephone, video or face to face appointment, please contact us at or on 0800 3581 2410 (free phone) or 0207 364 1401.

We hope you've enjoyed reading our second Careers Young WorkPath bitesize e-newsletter, please find further information on our webpage. The next regular quarterly e-newsletter will be published in November and will include information about post-16/18 options, opportunities and more!

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