Students across Plymouth will be collecting their A Level and other Post-16 results today.
The receiving of results marks the culmination of up to two years hard work for many young people and for some, marks the end of their formal education.
Early indications show that the city’s Council maintained schools have shown improvement from last year’s results and that many young people have the result they need to go on to higher education.
Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation, said: “I’d like to congratulate all our young people on their achievements today.
“Successful students will now find there are several different routes into higher education, jobs and higher level apprenticeships ahead of them and I’d like to wish them all good luck on their chosen career path.”
Kate White, Chair of the Secondary School Association and Head Teacher at Notre Dame School said: “We are extremely proud of our very high achieving A Level and Vocational course students across Plymouth.
“So many of our students are going on into higher education places, apprenticeships and employment as a result of their own extremely specialised study over the last two years and also with the help support and guidance from their families, teachers and schools.
“We wish them well for their next step into their future careers. Plymouth schools are delighted by our students’ performances this year.
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 annual increase of six per cent. Certain sectors have increased even further in Plymouth, with construction starts increasing by nearly 35 per cent and Health related industries 12 per cent.
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 CSW by calling 0800 97 55 111 or 01752 207700. On-line support is also available via their webpage and an Adviser Online Service. This service is operated 12noon to 6pm Monday to Friday.
The NCS hotline is for young people and also links to the UCAS helpline in relation to A-level results. Visit their website.
You can also visit the Council’s advice and guidance web page which offers a guide on different types of work and careers options plus details on schools, colleges and training providers in the Plymouth area.
There are also events for those considering a career in construction and the built environment. Building Plymouth will be hosting events promoting apprenticeships and further and higher education pathways at the ASTOR Room at the Guildhall on Thursday 16 August 2pm to 4pm and Thursday 23 August 2pm to 4pm.