It’s fast approaching that dreaded time of year. Those weeks since your last exam have flown by, and now you’re faced with the day you never thought would actually come: #ALevelResults.

Yes, Results Day. It’s here, and now the reality kicks in. Some of you, of course, might feel confident driving to the school to pick up your results, happy with your effort and confident that you’ll get the results you need to do whatever it is you’d like to do, whether you go on to university or not. If this is the case, congratulations!

However, there will be many who are quite naturally dreading the prospect of opening that envelope and reading those fatal letters. With the heap of pressure placed on that very moment, it might feel like your whole world is ready to collapse, and all prospect of a decent future hanging on by a single thread.

But that certainly is not the case. Regardless of your results, happy with them or not, there are always other open routes through life which don’t depend on your ability to perform well in exams.

Read this article to refresh your mind of the options open to you; and remember, it isn’t the end of the world if results day isn’t how you hoped it would be. More...


Every job has its difficulties, and no single job offers pure enjoyment each and every single day.

Having said that, there is a crucial difference between facing challenges and difficulties in your job, and being unhappy, overworked and dissatisfied in your day-to-day working life.

Sometimes, the answer isn’t to grin and bear what hardships your job throws at you. If it means sacrificing your health and happiness, it might be about time to consider leaving it for something better suited to you and your life.

Read on to discover some common issues in the workplace, as well as learning the difference between the natural challenge of work and an unhealthy and dissatisfying battle with your job. More...


The search for the 2016 UK plumber of the year is on, but who will become this year’s winner? Let’s take a closer look at the competition and who has been nominated. More...


In the UK, a ‘white van man’ is stereotype typically applied to independent tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians or gas engineers. They are often dubbed as being inconsiderate, rude, aggressive, and just generally unpleasant.

It is fair to say that this stereotype has sadly and unfairly tarnished the reputation of tradespeople with the same unfortunate brush. But is it an unfair portrayal? Or are the white van men of Great Britain really just as bad as they’re made out to be?

Here are the most common ‘white van man’ stereotypes that simply aren’t true: More...

A newly-qualified tradesman with his own business, we sat down with past student, Kianoosh, to discuss his time training with Access Training and what he has done since certifying.

"My experience at Access Training quite literally turned my life around." 

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