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GCSES: Students must have the right skills to get the benefit of a fast-growing economy

Students receiving their GCSE results have a wide range of opportunities and options to get into work or to take their education and training further, according to the county’s education lead.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Ben Adams said there are lots of opportunities on offer for Staffordshire pupils, and giving them and their parents as much information as possible is key to helping them have a successful future career.

Ben said:

“Today marks the end of a testing few months for GCSE students, and I want to congratulate each and every one of them for their achievements.

“Now is a really important time for young people, as it’s the time they make crucial decisions about their future career. It’s therefore essential that we give parents and young people as much information as possible so they can make sound career choices.

“Having a broad range of skills applicable to a number of careers gives young people the best chance of finding employment when they leave full-time education, as well as choosing the right path that suits their skills and abilities. This could be A Levels, an apprenticeship or a traineeship.

“Our Bright Futures website—www.staffordshire.gov.uk/brightfutures—helps young people and their parents along their journey to a successful career, including information on places to study and where jobs are likely to be in Staffordshire. All of these options are important when considering a future career.”

Last year, more than 56% of pupils in the county achieved the benchmark 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths, compared to nearly 54% nationally.

Ben continued:

“GCSEs are a solid foundation for any future career, and young people up and down the county will today see their hard work recognised when they get their results.  I wish them every success in the future whatever path they take.”

Visit the county council’s special dedicated website, www.staffordshire.gov.uk/brightfutures  for more education and career information.