What's Next? Events and information to help young people decide what to do after exams


A wide range of events will take place over the next few months to help young people decide on their next steps following A-Level and GCSE exam results days in August. 

The Cardiff Commitment is bringing together employers, careers advisors and other organisations to provide young people with information and advice on opportunities in education, employment, training and volunteering.

Taking place across the city from June until August a full programme of events can be found

Young People can also find a host of information on the ‘What's Next? Cardiff' website.

Aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds, the platform is a one-stop shop containing information on education, employment, training and other opportunities in Cardiff, making it quicker and easier for young people to find out options available to them when considering their futures. The platform also contains information on the range of pathways that are available for young people looking to get into in demand careers within a range of priority sectors in the city.

The platform has been developed by the Cardiff Commitment - the Council initiative that brings together the public, private and third sectors in partnership, with schools and education providers, to connect children and young people to the vast range of opportunities available in education, training and the world of work.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: "We are committed to making sure all young people in Cardiff have access to the right support available when making decisions about their future.

"The planned events alongside the What's Next? Platform, provide a wealth of knowledge and advice for young people when they are considering ‘what next?', helping to raise the aspirations at a time when many may be feeling uncertain following the end of their exams.

"There is a wealth of different opportunities available in the city and we want to make sure young people are signposted to those opportunities, whether it be continuing their education in Sixth Form, a college course, university, gaining work experience, traineeships, graduate schemes, apprenticeships and more."

Regular updates are made to the ‘What's Next? Cardiff' site, as more and more provision and opportunities become available. Cardiff Commitment is working closely with Cardiff Capital Region partners to provide young people with information on growth sector opportunities and the skills and qualifications that will be needed for these roles in the future.

Into Work Advice Service can also help young people to decide their next move, providingspecialised employment advice, free training *subject to eligibility*, help to access funding for up-front costs needed before starting a job or college and 1 to 1 guidance through the difficulties of finding work or further education. Throughout the summer, the Into Work Advice Service will host and participate in a number of events across the city. The events will range from community open days, jobs fairs, training days and celebration events highlighting the success of individuals engaging with the provision. To support young people following A-level results and GCSE results days, Youth Mentors will be based across community hubs.

You can contact Into Work Advice Service find out further information on community events.

Youth Mentors from the Youth Service are available to support young people throughout the summer and into the Autumn term, helping them with their next steps following exams by exploring options for futures in education, employment, training, volunteering. For further information please