Helpline ready to assist Borders students

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Young Borderers who will receive exam results on August 6 will be able to get advice and support from Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

For the 21st year, SDS is providing a helpline for students, and the organisation’s head of careers management has urged students not to panic if they don’t get the results they want.

David Cameron said: “Young people may have done better than anticipated or not as well as expected, but the main thing is that they and their parents shouldn’t panic. There will always be options to consider.

“The first step is to call the helpline and discuss what the best options might be.”

He added: “The helpline is there to assist in finding the best next step for them on their career journey and we have a very wide range of services to do exactly that.”

Students can also access help, advice and support via SDS’s Facebook page which has answers to common problems, help on making the best career moves, practical tools and links to other relevant bodies such as UCAS, SAAS, Young Scot and the SQA.

There is also a wealth of post-results information for young people and their parents on the SDS My World of Work website -

The exam results helpline, which is generally free to call,, opens from 8am until 8pm on August 6 and 7, 9am until 5pm weekdays until August 14 and 10am until 6pm on weekends.

Advisers will be on hand to give unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at colleges and universities across the UK, confirmation and clearing, advice about employment, training opportunities and exam re-sits.

The helpline number is 0808 100 8000.