From education to employment


In anticipation of this year’s A-Level results, John Cope, CBI Head of Education & Skills policy, said:

“Today’s results are the outcome of years of hard work, dedication, and determination for many students.  A-Levels have looked different this year as part of efforts to ensure they remain rigorous – a move largely welcomed by business.

“Regardless of whether people get the results they hoped for or not, it’s also important to keep in mind that grades are just one of the factors employers look for when hiring.  Young people with a positive attitude to work, who show creative flair, or demonstrate leadership skills are highly prized and have a bright future ahead of them.” 

On the options for young people after compulsory education, John said:

“There are many great routes to a successful career whether that’s at a university, college, or learning on the job. It’s important that those getting their A-Level results consider the whole range of options available.

“University absolutely offers students a great next step but is by no means the only route to a higher-level education. There are a range of different options – a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, a foundation degree, or a ‘degree apprenticeship’, with an apprenticeship offering the chance to gain both a qualification employers value and start earning a salary straight away.”  

On the rise this year of unconditional offers from universities, John added:

“What’s driving the growth of unconditional offers is complex. To protect the credibility of our world-class sector, universities must ensure that unconditional offers are used carefully, such as helping widen access to university and driving social justice.”

About the CBI: Across the UK, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. The CBI’s corporate members together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of private sector-employees. With offices in the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

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