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Results Day 2020: GCSE & equivalent, all you need to know

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Thursday 20th August is GCSE and equivalent results day. It’s always an anxious time but this year there are more questions than ever. Sarah Traynor from our careers team looks at some of the questions you may have and provides some of her top tips on getting prepared so you’re ready to act to achieve your further education or training goals. 

How will I get my results?

Check with your school / college as they are each making their own arrangements. For example, you may be able to download them online or you may be given a timed slot for collecting them from school.

How did they work out my results – I’ve lost track!

There was a change of plan. Your GCSE results are the grades that were assessed by your teachers. They are based on several factors, such as your performance throughout the course and any mock exam results.

The original plan was for exam boards to then standardise the teachers’ grades. However, it was decided that the process wasn’t fair to everyone, so this plan has been withdrawn, except in a small number of cases where the standardised grade was higher than the teachers’ assessment. If this has happened, you will receive the higher grade.

What about other qualifications?

For vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC) your teachers submitted actual grades for completed units of study plus assessed grades for other units. They were also asked to provide a ranking of students. The awarding body then standardised the information.

Hang on – why is it different for vocational qualifications?

There weren’t the same problems with the standardisation, for example, there were actual grades for completed units. There are a very small number of exceptions, which the awarding bodies are to investigate. If you have any concerns, then raise them first with your school or college.

Will my grades look different?

No, they will look the same as in any other year.

What if I’m not happy with my grades?

Schools can ask for the marking to be reviewed; and, in certain cases, appeals are allowed. Start by speaking to your school as they must do this on your behalf.

You will also be able to re-sit any subjects you’re not happy with in the autumn and then use whichever grade is higher as your official result.

However, these options will take time, e.g. re-sit results might not be published until early 2021. So, if you haven’t got the grades you needed, you may still need a Plan B.

Ok, so if I haven’t got the grades I need, what do I do?

Start by speaking to the college or sixth form where you hoped to study. If the course you want to do is offered at different levels, then you might be able to switch to one that matches your grades.

Just remind me what these levels mean!

Level 1 courses normally need GCSE grades 1-2 or equivalent. Level 2 courses normally need GCSE grades 3 or equivalent, including English and sometimes maths. Level 3 courses normally need at least 4-5 GCSE grades 9-4 or equivalent, including English and sometimes maths.

What about A Levels?

Things might be more complicated if you want to take A Levels as these are only at Level 3. You might also need higher than grade 4 to take certain subjects. This is an example of when you might need to look at different options and get further advice.

You can ring our helpline: 0114 2016644. You can also check out all local courses on Sheffield Progress:

What if I’ve done better than I expected?

Good question! If you’ve got the grades to start a higher-level course (e.g. Level 3 instead of Level 2) then ask if you can switch. If you’d like to chat to an adviser about it then ring our helpline: 0114 2016644.

How do I contact the sixth forms and colleges?

There may be a member of staff in your school, or available to speak to, on results day. If not, check their websites for a phone number or email.

How will I enrol on my new course?

Schools and colleges have each made their own arrangements. In some cases it might all be done online, in other cases you might have a timed slot, or there might be a mix.

To give you one example: The Sheffield College are asking you to first complete an online enrolment and to then book a timed slot, through Eventbrite, to go into the college with your results. If you haven’t got the grades you needed (or done better) you can go to your timed slot and enrol for a course in the same subject area but at the right level. There is also Open Enrolment on 1st-4th September if you now want a different type of course, or if you achieved less than Grade 2 in all subjects and hadn’t applied for Entry Level. Again, book a timed slot for this.

Everyone’s handling enrolment slightly differently so check the website of the school or college concerned, and make sure they have your correct contact details so that they can let you know what to do. They will need to see your results slip so make sure you keep it safe and take it with you.

They will need to see your results slip so make sure you keep it safe and take it with you.

How are they going to teach us in the autumn?

They have made plans for teaching while still following safe distancing rules. For example, there might be staggered timetables and one-way systems to avoid crowding. Parts of the teaching might be online. The school or college will tell you more.

What if I don’t want a full-time course?

Your main options are: Apprenticeships Apprenticeships are paid jobs with part time study. The entry requirements are set by the employer but also depend on the level of training, e.g. for an intermediate apprenticeship you may need some grades 3 or equivalent while for an advanced apprenticeship you will probably need some grades 9-4 or equivalent. The employer will also want young people who are ready for work.

Traineeships and study programmes Traineeships and study programmes can give you skills and experience to help you get an apprenticeship. They’re classed as full time learning so they don’t pay a wage but your parents / carers can claim Child Benefit for you (up to age 20) and, if you’re facing hardship, you may also get a 16-19 Bursary.

What other help can you give me?

We have vacancies for apprenticeships, jobs, study programmes and traineeships on our website:

You can call our GCSE results helpline: 0114 2016644 Thursday 20th August, 1.00-4.00pm Friday 21st August, 10.00-4.00pm.

If you’d like to chat about job hunting, applying for a course, or need any similar advice, we’re also running a helpline all summer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 1.00-4.00pm. It’s the same number: 0114 2016644.

The National Careers Service also has an Exam Results Helpline: 0800 100 900.

If the anxiety is getting to you, talk to one of our lovely wellbeing workers at Door 43. You can also follow them on Instagram or contact them by emailing: [email protected]

Good luck!

Results 2020: Latest A level, GCSE or vocational qualifications information

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Sarah from our careers team is back to provide the latest information for students who have received or who are waiting to receive results for A Levels, GCSE or vocational qualifications. 

This is the latest information for students who have received, or who are waiting to receive, results for A Levels, GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

Some issues – especially those concerning university places – are still being resolved. This means that we may not have the answers to all your questions yet, but we will update you as soon as we have further information. We realise that this is a highly stressful time but stay calm and stay in touch.

A Levels and AS Levels

A and AS Level results will now be the grades that were assessed by your school or college. You will be issued with the new grades.

If any calculated results (the ones you received on 13th August) turn out to be higher than the assessed grade, then the higher grade will stand.

If you have had a university offer withdrawn which you now meet with your assessed grades, then the advice from the Department for Education is to get in contact with the university concerned. Some universities have already put out statements so it’s worth checking their websites first. There are issues to do with finding space for all students while also maintaining safety; universities and the government are working together to find solutions.

GCSEs Your GCSE results will be the grades assessed by your teachers. Your school or college will tell you these results on Thursday (20th August).

Vocational and technical qualifications

Results for vocational and technical qualifications are not likely to change. This is because the method that was used to calculate A Levels and GCSEs was not generally applied to these qualifications. However, In the small number of instances where this has happened, the organisation awarding the qualification will review the results.

Find out more:

Wondering what next with jobs or education and need some support?

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Congratulations to year 11 students – you have now officially left school. But what happens now? Whether you’re looking for an apprenticeship or a place at college or sixth form or even if you’ve got a question about results day, our careers team is here to support you.  In this blog, Sarah Traynor from our careers team looks at the different options for young people post year 11 and signposts the financial and emotional wellbeing support available. 

Looking for jobs and apprenticeships? We won’t pretend things are easy right now but, as lockdown eases, more employers are starting to think about recruitment.

If you’ve made applications but haven’t heard, send the company a short, polite email, saying you’re still keen to work for them, or, if you applied through Sheffield Progress, keep logging on for updates. Carry on making other applications too.

If you’re struggling to get an apprenticeship, look at traineeships and study programmes as a way of getting skills and experience. You may be able to register your details with them until employers are recruiting, and they may also offer online training that you can do from home. Study programmes and traineeships are classed as learning rather than jobs, so they don’t pay a wage. But they attract Child Benefit and, in some cases the 16-19 Bursary.

Where to look for jobs and apprenticeships. You can look at our jobs page  and on the Government’s National Apprenticeship Service pages.

College and sixth form applications
If you’ve applied to college or sixth form, then you’ve either had an unconditional offer or you’re waiting for your place to be confirmed. If you’ve not yet applied, then there’s still time to apply but some courses will be filling up so check with the college or school first.

What will happen with GCSE results day and what if I want to resit?

GCSE results day is on Thursday 20 August. A Level results are out the week before, on 13 August. Check with your school or college how to collect your results as this will depend on social distancing rules.

You will receive a calculated grade for each subject which has been assessed by your school and agreed with the exam board. The grades will look the same as in any other year.

In certain circumstances you may be able to appeal against your result. Speak first to your school or college if you want to do this. You will also be able to re-sit subjects this autumn if you’re not happy with any of your grades. Depending on what happens with lockdown, it’s expected that A Level re-sits will be in October, with results issued by Christmas, and GCSE re-sits in October/November with results in January or February 2021.

We’ll be putting out more information before results time so keep on checking our website and social media.

After results day, schools and colleges normally hold enrolment events where you get a chance to speak to staff and officially sign up for your new course. These events may happen online this year so look out for messages from the school or college or check their websites.

What happens about money?
Child benefit will continue until age 20 if you stay in full time learning. This could be at college, sixth form or in work-based learning (e.g. a study programme or traineeship) provided it is approved and unpaid.

If you don’t stay in learning, Child Benefit will end on 31 August (or earlier if you start work before then). If you’re not fixed up on 31 August, there’s also Child Benefit Extension, which can normally be claimed for up to 20 weeks from the last date you attended school. Visit the Government’s Child Benefit pages or call 0300 200 3100.

If you get a job or apprenticeship, Child Benefit will end as you will be paid a wage.

You might also be able to get a 16-19 Bursary if you’re full time learning, facing hardship and age 16-19 (or 16-25 if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan). There are two types of bursary: The vulnerable bursary is worth up to £1,200 if you in care / leaving care or get certain benefits in your own name. Discretionary bursaries help with costs such as travel, equipment or meals.

Speak to your student services or training provider and visit the 16-19 bursary fund pages for details.

Other benefits
If you’re under 18, other benefits are only paid in special cases, e.g. if you’re estranged from your parents. The main benefit is called Universal Credit.

Help with travel
If you have a 16-18 Travel Pass you get cheaper travel (currently 80p per journey) on local busses and trams and half fare on Northern Trains. Visit Travel South Yorkshire for details and to apply.

Remember that at present you’re still advised to avoid using public transport if you can. If you use it, you must wear a face covering, keep a safe distance, wash or sanitise your hands frequently and either use contactless payment or buy your ticket in advance.

Got a question?
We run a helpline for young people (age 16-19) needing advice about looking for work, training, full time study, or who just want a bit of help with planning their next step. It’s open Tuesday-Thursday between 1pm-4pm on 0114 2016644.
Or you can email us at:
[email protected]
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[email protected]

Feeling low, a little anxious or worried and need someone to talk to?
Finishing Year 11 and waiting for results is always an anxious time. But this summer has been extra stressful so check out our Door 43 Wellbeing Service; follow them on Instagram or contact them by emailing: [email protected] to get in touch.

Looking for things to do?

Our youth work team are also working on interactive online activities, such as cooking tutorials. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is still running a summer programme, although it will look a bit different this year. Check out for details.






GCSE and A level results: What happens if you don’t get the grades you’re expecting?

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Schools and examination boards are working together to make sure GCSE and A levels are still graded but what happens if you don’t get the grades you were expecting? Or if you’re taking other qualifications?

Sarah from our Careers Education, Information and Guidance team has put together a Q&A to answer some of the questions you may have.

Will I be able to retake my exams GCSE or A level exams?

Yes, there will be the opportunity to re-sit subjects either this autumn or in summer 2021. The plans for autumn re–sits and the subjects available are still being drawn up but they’re due soon.

What if I retake and get an even lower grade?

You will be able to use whichever grade is higher as your official grade.

If I retake in the autumn will I get a new grade in time to start university?

This is still being sorted out but at the moment the view is that A Level retake results should be out by Christmas, GCSE english and maths in January 2021 and other GCSEs in February.

Universities (and also colleges and sixth forms) will try to be flexible but, if you’re thinking about autumn resits, you should consult with the university / institution concerned.

I’m home schooled. How will grades and retakes work for me?

If the school / college / centre where you had registered to take your exams has seen enough of your work to make an assessment then you will get a calculated grade. If they are unable to do so, you can ask to register at a centre which has more experience of this type of learning and assessment. If no calculated grade can be awarded, you will have the opportunity to resit.

You need to:

Contact your exam centre to ask whether they can assess your grades.

If you wish to register at another centre, contact the exam board for details.

What’s happening with other qualifications?  

It will depend on the qualification. There are many different types, so this is complex and some of it is still being sorted out.

Broadly speaking, for qualifications that are used for entry to university or further education you will, where possible, receive a calculated grade (as with GCSEs and A Levels). Many BTECs, for example, will fall into this group.

However, some vocational (work related) qualifications must also involve assessing your skills to make sure you are capable of doing the job. Where possible these assessments are being adapted so that they can still happen safely (e.g. online or through video).

How can I find out more?

Keep in touch with your school or college who are working with exam boards to sort this out.

For more information keep checking here.

Found a job you like the look of? How to best demonstrate your skills to nail that job

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Are you leaving school this year? Have you been looking for a job in lockdown? Have you found a job you like the look of but you’re not sure how to demonstrate your skills?

Alex Leonard, Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at Sheffield Futures provides advice and guidance on how to demonstrate your skills on a job application, or on the phone during an interview.

Hello, Alex again here and this time I’m going to look at the top ten skills that employers in Sheffield want to see and how to show you’ve got these skills.

Top 10 skills

  1. IT and tech

Remember the importance of demonstrating this. Unless you provide an example specifically, other people won’t just assume you have the skills. For example, if you’re going for an office job, specifically outline how you’ve used Office 365 in the past to meet objectives.

  1. Problem solving

Think about a time in life when you’ve overcome a problem. If you don’t have a work-based problem then something personal is fine too. Think about what the problem was, what you did to solve it and what the result was.

  1. English language

If you’re speaking, remember to think about what you want to say and then speak clearly, slowly and be conscious of breathing normally to stay calm.

  1. English literacy

If you’re writing a CV or an application, the quality of your written presentation says a lot about you. Remember do your applications in Microsoft Word and use the spelling and grammar check. If you can, get someone you trust to look over it for you!

  1. Attention to detail

Show the employer you’ve spent some time looking at their website and finding out details about them.

  1. Teamwork

If you don’t have team-work experience on a job then think about a time you have worked in a team in school, on a project or even while gaming online or doing a team sport. What part did you play in the team meeting its goal?

  1. Maths

A good way to demonstrate your skills in this area is how you manage money in your personal life. How do you manage the money you have to make sure you can meet your needs?

  1. Planning

Make sure you’ve read the job description, you know what they’re looking for and you can demonstrate your skills in these areas! Be there on time, well dressed and show them you know your strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Organisation

Do your research. Use this to define reasons why you want to work for them. This will set you apart.

  1. Communication

Talk clearly but also be conscious of listening, make sure your body language is alert, confident and smart and make direct eye contact with the person you are talking to.

For more information, advice and guidance about getting into work from Alex visit and check out  Alex’s videos on Sheffield Futures YouTube channel 

Get sorted this September with Sheffield Futures

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Sheffield Futures is running a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5 September for 16-18 year olds who haven’t yet planned their next steps for further education, training or employment.

Young people who have just finished their exams or are aged 16 -18 and not currently in education, training or employment can come along to Star House on Division Street between 12 noon and 2pm to find out more about options.

Led by the Sheffield Training Provider network, training providers from across the region will be on hand to discuss the wide ranging options available and answer questions from parents and young people about their next steps.

Commenting on the opportunity for young people, Karen Challis, Head of Education and Employer Services says, ‘It’s fantastic to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to come in and talk to training providers from across the region about the options available to them going forward.’

‘It’s not just about the traditional routes into further education, there are lots of opportunities available, from further vocational or work related and life skills training to apprenticeships and college courses, so we really encourage young people and parents to come along and find options that are right for them.’

‘There are some really exciting opportunities, like the 12 week placement offered by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue which involves being based in a state of the art fire station. The placement will focus on valuable life skills like teamwork, motivation and building confidence.’ She continues.

Get Sorted is on Thursday 5 September at Star House on Division Street between 12 noon and 2pm. Training providers in attendance include Sheffield College, CTS Training, Wildes Education Programme, Learning Curve, Pet Xi, Princes Trust Team Programme and South Yorkshire Police.

Sheffield Futures provides careers guidance and advice in schools across Sheffield and advisers will be available on the day.

Find us at Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE. 0114 201 2800

Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for GCSE results day

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Sheffield’s students have come to the end of a nerve wracking summer wait for those all-important grades. Many students will be celebrating today but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want or do even better than expected? To help navigate what can be a complicated process and to make sure students are prepared, local youth charity Sheffield Futures – who delivers careers advice in schools across Sheffield – is on hand to provide advice and guidance.

What to consider on results day 

  1. Stay calm so you can think clearly
  2. If things haven’t panned out as you wanted, contact the sixth form or college where you hoped to study. They may have arranged for a member of staff to be in your school on results day or you may already have an appointment to go and enrol. If not, get on the phone to them and explain your situation. They will talk to you about alternatives and may be able to offer you another course.
  3. A change of course? Look at other courses where the entry requirements fit with your grades. There may be staff available in the school or college before term starts in September who can provide you with the information you need. Some of the bigger institutions like Sheffield College may hold a ‘clearing’ event where you can call in and find about courses that are still available. Check their websites for more information and dates.
  4. What about an apprenticeship? You would have a paid job and also study alongside this. There are different types of apprenticeship. You may still need some good grades at GCSE but some use their own tests instead. You can find out more by talking to Sheffield Futures.
  5. Traineeships and study programmes. These can give you work experience along with help job hunting and work preparation, plus support with English and Maths. They don’t pay a wage but can be a good way of gaining the skills and experience that employers want.
  6. Getting help with job hunting. If you decide getting a job is the way forward for you then you can also contact us here at Star House. Our team can help you with CVs, job hunting and interview preparation.

Sarah Traynor, Careers & Information Adviser at Sheffield Futures comments. ‘If you don’t get the GCSE results you wanted then don’t panic, stay calm so that you can think clearly.’

‘It’s a good time to take stock and think about all your options as you still have plenty available, from paid apprenticeships to traineeships and study programmes or other paid work.’

Sheffield Futures’ advisors will be on hand provide one to one support for students in the following schools today. These schools have supported Sheffield Futures to provide careers advice and guidance.

  • All Saints Catholic High
  • Birley Community College
  • Bradfield School
  • Fir Vale School
  • Forge Valley
  • Handsworth Grange
  • High Storrs
  • Hinde House
  • King Ecgbert School
  • Newfield School
  • Sheffield Park Academy
  • Stocksbridge High School
  • Yewlands Academy
  • Westfield

Young people looking for advice and guidance with regards to next steps after GCSEs and also emotional support can drop in to Star House today between 11-4pm for support from our youth workers and Door 43 wellbeing workers.

Sheffield Futures is also holding a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5th September at Star House, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, for young people looking for a place in work, training or education.

Outside of school careers advice sessions, students can call Star House on 0114 2012800

Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for A-Level results day

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With A Level results day looming, Sheffield’s students are coming to the end of a nerve wracking summer wait for those all-important grades. Many students will be celebrating on Thursday 15th August, but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want or even if you do better than expected? To help navigate what can be a complicated process and to make sure students are prepared, local youth charity Sheffield Futures – responsible for delivering careers advice in many schools across Sheffield – is on hand to provide advice and guidance.

What to do if you don’t get the grades you need:

  1. Don’t panic. It’s important to stay calm so that you can act quickly. You are one of many young people who may not have the results they need to secure a place and if you’re panicking, you won’t be able to think clearly and act quickly to access the best courses left. It’s really useful to use UCAS before results day to check which courses still have places so that you’re fully prepared and have a plan B in your back pocket.
  2. Go on ‘UCAS Track’ to see if you have secured a place. If your ‘Track’ status hasn’t been updated, it means the university is still making a decision. Call them and ask if they will still take you. There may be a chance you will still be accepted if you have narrowly missed your grades. If your chosen institution (or your insurance offer, if you have one) won’t accept you then you will go into the UCAS clearing process.

However if ‘Track’ states that you’re in ‘Clearing’ then it means that you haven’t been offered a place, and you should keep calm – but act quickly.

  1. Check the UCAS website for all University places still available through clearing. The official list is published on and many universities also publish their places on their own websites. If you’ve already done some research and know where else you would like to go, then you will have a head start. You don’t have to stick to your original choice, of course.

If you like the look of a course then call them. The idea is to persuade them to make you an informal offer over the phone so do some research beforehand and treat the phone call like an informal interview. You will need your Clearing number and Personal ID.

  1. Again don’t panic and make sure you look at the clearing places and courses carefully. Consider what it might be like to live in that place. How far is it from home and is the course right for you? Try and visit if at all possible, especially if you haven’t already been to the university. Many of them hold open events in the days immediately following your results. It is important to attend these, as they will give you a real feel for the place and the course.
  2. If you’re happy with the course and university and if they’ve made you an informal offer then make an official application through UCAS Track. Only do this if you have spoken to the university or college and have their agreement.

If you’ve met your offer and changed your mind or done better than expected:

  1. There’s a brand new option this year on UCAS Track called ‘Self Release’ which will allow you to turn your place down and enter clearing.
  2. If you have not only met but exceeded your offer then there is still UCAS Adjustment, which allows you to apply for other courses without first having to give up your place.

‘It’s expected that there will be some good options in clearing this year. There are also signs that more young people are choosing to wait until they get their results before applying to university.’ Says Sarah Traynor, Careers Information Adviser at Sheffield Futures.

‘A really important thing to do is to prepare in advance, and decide on second and third choices so that you can act quickly if you find yourself in the university clearing process. If you’ve got the details of these institutions to hand, you’re not going to be wasting valuable time researching. How quickly you act may be the difference between securing a place you will thrive in, versus one where you may not.’ She continues.

Sheffield Futures provides the careers guidance and advice in schools across Sheffield.

A level results day this year is Thursday 15th August 2019.

Help from Sheffield Futures

Sheffield Futures careers advisers may be in school or college on results day. For careers advice at Star House on Division Street please call 0114 201 2800 for an appointment.

For any young people looking at alternatives to university, such as apprenticeships, Sheffield Futures are holding a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5th September at Star House, between 12noon and 2.00pm.

Cycling to success – Josef’s story

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Josef attended college after school but didn’t particularly enjoy it and spent his time searching for employment. He needed a bit of support with his job search, so he contacted youth charity Sheffield Futures.

Brompton Fletcher, the bicycle manufacturer, contacted Sheffield Futures after they received a recommendation from Sheffield International Venues (SIV) for their free recruitment service. The business were looking for suitable candidates for a Support Operative roles, and Employer Engagement Officer, Alex Leonard, thought that Josef might be a good fit for the position.

Alex supported Josef to prepare to attend Brompton Fletcher’s Open Day, with four other young people, by breaking down the job description to show Josef how his skills matched those of the ideal candidate.

To make the position as accessible as possible, Brompton Fletcher did not ask for any qualifications, but instead said that they were looking for genuinely interested and motivated people.

Alex assisted Josef with interview preparation through mock interviews and took Josef to visit Suit Works, a partner charity that offers free tailoring and suits to clients with interviews.

At Sheffield Futures, Josef attended several coaching sessions to boost his confidence and ensure his attitude and morale remained on top form for his meeting with Brompton Fletcher.

At the Open Day, the team at Brompton Fletcher welcomed all candidates and gave them a presentation about the business, a tour of their building and a chance to ask questions before going back for interviews a week later. Josef was very professional and made sure to ask appropriate questions – plus he looked the part in his new suit!

Brompton Fletcher offered Josef a position and he is soon beginning a course of training that will give him a range of valuable skills including TIG welding, fabrication and metalwork.

Josef is very happy in his new position and received his first pay package in time for his 18th birthday and quickly understood the value of full time work!

Alex said: “Josef was a young man with bags of potential who was not in employment, education or training. We are so pleased that he has found a job with an organisation who want to help him unlock his potential!”

Richard Phillips, Project Manager at Brompton Fletcher said: “We are really pleased to have found Sheffield Futures and they have enabled a really smooth recruitment process to support our growing business. Josef has settled in well to Brompton Fletcher!”


Help at hand for those ‘furthest away from the jobs market’

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Mental health & disability top reasons for being ‘most stuck’

Help is at hand to support those ‘furthest away from the jobs market’ back into meaningful education, employment or training. Legacy 6 – an extension of the heralded National Lottery Community Funded Talent Match Sheffield City Region Project which got thousands of young people in the region back into education, employment or training – will provide focussed support for 20 – 24 year olds ‘most stuck’ as a result of issues including mental health and disability.

Data from Talent Match National Common Data Framework shows that those furthest away from the jobs market and therefore most in need of help are so because of a number of factors with mental ill health at the top of the list of reasons with 52 per cent of young people affected. 50 per cent have a disability and 43 per cent have a disability that limits their activities in some way.

Many young people considered furthest away from the jobs market are so as a result of experiencing abuse, unresolved loss, grief and extreme trauma in their histories and as a result of not having access to therapeutic mental health support they have essentially been left alone to deal with problems themselves which has only served to compound mental health problems which have eventually defined their lives.

Legacy 6 will offer a range of bespoke support for these young people that will help to tackle some of the biggest barriers to meaningful progression that include lack of qualifications, low self-confidence, low understanding of the skills employers are looking for, identifying career goals and accessibility issues. Support will include bespoke career planning and coaching as well as health & wellbeing support and exposure to real world employers as well as support with practical issues.

Karen Challis, Head of Education and Employment services at Sheffield Futures comments,

“Legacy 6 will give us the opportunity to focus on the young people with very significant life issues who need our support. The National Lottery Community Fund will support this work for one more year, focusing on 80 young people who are furthest from the labour market. We will use our experience from Talent Match to build on the fantastic work of the Coaches, and particularly to offer a wider range of support for those with mental health issues.”

How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.