Students across Plymouth will be collecting A Level and other Post-16 results today and early indications look like a slight improvement on last year’s results.
Plymouth’s schools, colleges and training provides offer a wide range of courses to students including; A Levels, technical courses and apprenticeships.
Successful students will now find there are routes into higher education, jobs and higher level apprenticeships ahead of them.
For students progressing into higher education there are great local opportunities through Plymouth University, Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth College of Art, or the prospect of moving to a university away from the city.
Higher education may not be the first choice for some students and the city offers a chance for them to progress their careers through either vocational or technical options as well as a vast array of apprenticeships that range from entry to degree level in certain sectors.
Apprenticeships across the city have increased year on year with the latest figures from Government sources showing a further 9 per cent increase. Certain sectors have increased even further, construction for example, has seen an increase of nearly 60 per cent.
Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “I would like to personally congratulate all our young people on their achievements and wish them a successful move into their adult life as a higher education student, apprentice or into their chosen career. I’m really pleased that our local vocational education providers in Plymouth are continuously developing apprenticeships to support success in the jobs and careers needed within Plymouth’s key economic sectors; including construction and built environment, marine and advanced engineering, digital and health.”
Dan Roberts, Chair of Plymouth Learning Trust and Headteacher of Devonport High School for Boys said: “Congratulations to all our young people in Plymouth who are collecting results across the city. Well done to them on their fantastic achievements which are thoroughly deserved through their hard work. I would like to acknowledge the dedication and commitment from the staff working in schools in Plymouth, they have worked extremely hard to ensure that despite all the curriculum changes that high quality teaching and support for students has continued and that as a result they have achieved this great success. Thank you also to the families who have provided vital support to their children to ensure their individual success, it is a time of celebration for them. We wish all our leavers the best of luck and future success as they progress on to University, Apprenticeships or Employment.
David Maddison for Plymouth Learning Partnership said: “These young people represent the future prosperity of Plymouth and the wider region. We would like to congratulate our students of some fantastic A and AS level results. They represent a huge effort by schools, families and providers and an on-going commitment to ensuring high aspirations. We would like to wish our students well as they go on to higher education institutions across the UK and beyond.”
For any students who have not received their expected grades, or those re-considering their plans, support and guidance on alternative options can be provided by staff in their schools and colleges. Independent advice and guidance is provided by Careers South West (CSW) by calling 0800 97 55 111 or 01752 207700; on-line support is also available via their web-site at https://cswgroup.co.uk/about-csw-group/young-people/.