Young people across Ayrshire are being reminded that they can access a free helpline when they receive their exam results.

School pupils across the country will receive their SQA National, Higher and Advanced Higher results today (Tuesday, August 4).

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has launched a dedicated results helpline which will offer advice, information and guidance for young people and their parents and carers from 8am this morning.

The helpline will be open on August 4 and 5 from 8am to 8pm, August 6 and 7 from 9am-5pm and August 10 to 12 from 9am-5pm.

SDS’s Ayrshire-based careers adviser, Jennifer Robertson, said: “Young people receiving their results have had a very different experience this year.

“The helpline and their school careers advisers are there to help them, and their parents and carers who make around a third of the calls to the helpline, to find out about all of the options and opportunities available to them.”

James Russell, SDS director of career information, advice and guidance operations, said: “This year is unlike any other and young people, receiving results, and their families may be feeling more anxious which is understandable.

“This is the point when their work and efforts are recognised, our advice and support is available and our message is if your results aren’t what you expected, don’t worry, you have lots of options.

“Our careers advisers are here to help you and your parents and carers with information on all the options and opportunities on offer.”

SDS will also have advisers available through social media to answer queries for those who would prefer to message.

Those wishing to contact the helpline should call 0808 100 8000.