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School leavers reminded there is #NoWrongPath during pandemic

Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow is calling for people across the city and further afield to tell young people there is #NoWrongPath, with support into the workforce even more important throughout the pandemic.

Returning for the fourth year, the campaign created by DYW Glasgow aims to provide inspiration and reassurance to young people receiving their exam results.

While some young people may be disheartened by their exam results this year, particularly in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption that has been caused with exams across Scotland cancelled for the first time since the system was put in place in 1888, the aim of the campaign is to demonstrate the different paths available to young people.

#NoWrongPath looks to highlight the options available through less traditional and obvious routes after leaving school, and that exam results are not necessarily the key to unlocking future success.

For the last three years, the award-winning campaign has seen the hashtag #NoWrongPath trend at number one in the UK on twitter on Exam Results Day, with members of the public and celebrities including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Still Game actor Scott Reid participating.

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is incredibly important that we continue to support young people across the city throughout such challenging times, giving the help they need to further their education or enter the workforce.

“At a critical point when businesses have seen recruitment be put on pause, and young people haven’t been able to sit their exams as they planned, it is crucial that we are taking the steps required to open up opportunities for the next generation of employees to enter the workforce.

“I would encourage businesses, education hubs, and people across the city to share their path with young people, encouraging them to look ahead no matter what their results.”

People can get involved in the social media campaign by posting a photograph of their own path on social media on 4 August using the hashtag #NoWrongPath and tagging @DYWGlasgow, holding a sign with their name, what they did when they left school and what they are doing now.

This year, on the same day as #NoWrongPath, an event for young people, parents and carers is being hosted virtually. The Scotland’s Biggest Parent’s Evening event will give attendees the chance to hear from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Louise MacDonald, chief executive of Young Scot, Fiona Robertson, chief executive officer of SQA, and a montage of employers telling their own #NoWrongPath story. For more information on the event visit: https://www.dyw.scot/edyw.html

DYW Glasgow is part of the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between schools and businesses.

For more information please visit: https://www.dywglasgow.com/