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Tuesday’s the big day for results

By Bill Heaney

It’s examination results time and Jackie Baillie has expressed her best wishes to all young people in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh who will receive exam results on Tuesday 7 August.

The Dumbarton MSP has also urged anyone who is disappointed with their results, or did better than expected, to call the Skills Development Scotland helpline for advice.

Expert careers advisers will be on hand to offer information and support to young people and their parents on applying for vacancies at colleges and universities through clearing, as well as advice on apprenticeships, employment and volunteering.

The helpline will be open from 8am on results day and the number to call is 0808 100 8000.

The MSP, pictured right, said: “This time of year can be really difficult for many young people who are waiting on their exam results. I want to offer my best wishes to everyone in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh. I know that they will have worked hard all year and I hope that they get the results that they were aiming for.

Baillie Jackie MSP fishing

“For those who are finishing school, I wish them all the best as they move on to the next chapter in their lives whether that is university, college, an apprenticeship or employment. Inevitably some people may narrowly miss out on the results that they need for college or university and others may do better than expected, but whatever the result there is no need to panic. The SDS helpline is available to all young people and will allow them to talk through their options and provide advice to anyone who needs it.”


Post-results information for pupils and parents is also available at There is also information about Modern Apprenticeships and Foundation Apprenticeships, at Foundation Apprenticeships help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while at school.  Students can also access help, advice and support via My World of Work’s Facebook page which has practical help and links to UCAS, SAAS, Young Scot and the SQA.  

Pym KirstyAnd remember, if you have a graduate in the family, someone such as Kirsty Pym, pictured left,  then send their picture to The Democrat where we will publish it FREE of charge.

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