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Teenagers looking beyond exams to boost their CV

Teenagers taking part int he National Citizen Service help at a foodbank in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

For teenagers across the north east its been an important few weeks as they've collected their GCSE and A-Level results. Academic achievement is seen as mandatory for many career paths with certain grades needed for apprenticeships, university and employment.

Increasingly, business leaders along with universities say that volunteering and citizenship schemes are CV must haves.

Some schemes require year long commitments with long volunteering stretches, something businessman John Elliott says immediately shows employers' just as much as academic results.

What you do now counts more than what has happened already. Employers look for things other than academic achievement.

– John Elliott, Chairman Ebac
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme celebarted its 61st anniversary this year Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Fran Docherty went to meet some of the teenagers taking part in the the National Citizen Service and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.