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NECC Comment on A-level Results

 

Commenting on A-level results, North East Chamber of Commerce Policy Advisor, Helen Hayes, said:

NECC Comments on A-level ResultsCommenting on A-level results, North East Chamber of Commerce Policy Advisor, Helen Hayes, said:

"For the first time in over 20 years, the number of A and A* grades awarded for A-levels has fallen, but if anything I think this will help to restore business confidence in the qualifications following concerns of grade inflation.

"Many young people will find themselves at something of a crossroads as they consider their next move. While university represents a progression route for over half of A-level students, the importance of vocational pathways must also be considered. Vocational training and employment opportunities need to be promoted alongside university to ensure that young people are fully aware of all their progression options when leaving school.

"With employers attaching greater importance to workplace experience, it is vital young people are aware of the skills and practical experience required to enter the workforce."

In an effort to inform this year's A-level students about what career options are now open to them, NECC has also launched a new Apprenticeship Website.

The new site, www.necctraining.co.uk, will provide them with the most up to date information on the courses available and an easy means of applying to become an apprentice.

Anyone interested in finding out about apprenticeships as a career path is encouraged to log on to the website to find out more information.