Careers service overhaul

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WIGAN’S Connexions career service is set to close its doors for the final time – just days before thousands of students in the borough receive their GCSE results.

Careers advisors will no longer be based at Connexions’ office, in Standishgate, as part of a major overhaul of the service following Government cutbacks.

The closure on Friday will arrive the day after college students in Wigan pick up their A-level results, and one week before 16-year-olds across the borough discover their GCSE marks.

But council chiefs have reassured students that careers advisors will visit every school and college to offer support on results day.

The new Wigan Careers Service, due to start from September, will now based at the Wigan Skills Shop in the Grand Arcade.

Wigan Council’s Connexions manager, Elaine Dann said: “Connexions personal advisors will continue to go into schools to offer information, advice and guidance to young people and their families.

“On GCSE results day, Connexions personal advisors will be available in all schools and colleges to support young people.

“Young people are already accessing information advice and guidance within Leigh Life Centre since the closure of Leigh Connexions centre in March 2011.

“Personal advisors also meet with young people at a variety of community venues to make the service more accessible for young people and their families.

“In the longer term the authority is developing further locality venues in communities so that young people can access information, advice and guidance within their own doorsteps. They can also access information, advice and guidance within the new state of the art Wigan Life Centre building that is due to open soon in 2011.

“The new Wigan Careers Service and Early Intervention Gateway services due to commence from September 2011 will further reinforce support to young people as they require Information advice and guidance and careers advice.

“This holistic, co-ordinated provision will ensure that young people and their families will have access to high quality support both within schools and within their communities.”

For information about your local careers advice service, call 0800 953 0109 or visit the Wigan Skills Shop.