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Acas offers top tips for students looking for work after their exam results

Friday 14 August 2015

Workplace experts, Acas, have launched new free advice and top tips for young people on options to consider once they have received their exam results.

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A-level results on Thursday. Many young people will be considering their work options whether it's full-time work, apprenticeships, part-time work during higher education, volunteering or planning an internship during university.

Acas' new free online advice explains the relevant workplace rights for the various options on offer and considerations around pay, working hours and zero hours contracts.

Stewart Gee, Head of Information and Guidance, said:

"Whilst UCAS can help former A Level students with their university options, Acas' new advice offers help for those entering the world of work.

"Our top tips cover young people who want to continue studying at university as well as those who plan to enter full-time employment straight away

"Many young people may not be aware of their employment rights for different types of work and students in full-time education make up nearly a fifth of workers on zero hours contracts so our advice covers this area as well as many others."

Acas top tips include:

  • Take some time to let things sink in: whether your results are as you expect or not, you will have lots to think about at this time so it's important to know what the options mean so you can be sure you're choosing the right next step in your career for you.
  • Work out the best option for you: if that is going to be work-based training such as an apprenticeship or internship, which gives you the chance to learn while you work, take time to learn what these will look like in practice by seeing what you will be entitled to and where you can go to for advice if you're unsure.
  • Find out what to expect from your first job: many students will enter the world of work, for example, taking on part time work or zero hours contracts while in full time education, or undertaking work-based training, either way it's important to know what to expect from your first job.
  • Use Acas when you need to or if you're unsure: there is a range of helpful advice and support for you if you're not sure about what pay you should be getting or what you're entitled to in other areas like rest breaks and holidays. You can also check for answers at your fingertips via Helpline Online 
  • Take a look at what can go wrong and what should happen: Acas has also today published an animated video to capture what can go wrong for young people in the workplace

Stewart added:

"We know that young people need our services as they're least likely to speak up about problems at work so we want to make sure they're aware of the help we have to offer.

"So we also encourage parents to let their children know about our advice and services because it really can help right from the very start of their journey up the career ladder."

View Acas guidance Work options after exam results. Acas also has guidance available for anyone going into their First job that has top tips on how to prepare for their first day and also useful advice on getting treated fairly.

Notes to Editors

  1. Acas guidance Work options after exam results - what now?'. It helpfully spells out the range of options available to young people, including advice on work-based training such as apprenticeships, and other work options such as, part time or full time work.
  2. Acas brand new animated video neatly captures what can go wrong and should be done to help things go smoothly on the first day at work.  
  3. Acas has advice on preparing for your First job. You can also find case studies of Acas' staff experience on the same page.  
  4. For interview requests or media enquiries, please contact Acas press office, Sophia Said on 0207 210 3680. For out of hours media enquiries please call the out of hours duty press officer on 020 7210 3600.
  5. Acas also offer guidance for employers on Employing younger workers. It outlines the special protections as set out in the Working Time Regulations for younger workers. Younger workers refer to those under 18 years of age. 
  6. The Office for National Statistics report found that 18% of those on Zero Hours Contracts are students in full time education. It also found that the most like age for ZHC workers was those under 25. The report is available at:
  7. Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. We aim to improve organisations and working life through better workplace relations. We help with workplace relations by supplying up-to-date information, independent advice and high quality training, and working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance. Acas is an independent and impartial statutory body governed by a Council made up of members from business, trade unions, academia and the law.
  8. Acas Helpline Online is a free web service available to employers and employees to help them with common work related questions.