Careers and skills advice is being made available to all students across Staffordshire expecting their GCSE results today.
County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills said: “We are very aware that this year’s GCSE exams are more rigorous, focussing more on exams and less on coursework, so we are eager to see how these compare with similar counties across the country.
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 want to congratulate them, and wish them every success in the future whatever path they take.
“Getting the right mix of skills is important for any future career. A key part of this is gaining skills that will be relevant for any career path and keeping your options open. 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.
“The county council’s part in this is to provide good and effective support to our schools, along with our unique joint venture company Entrust. Another is how we are helping schools form strong relationships with local businesses through the county council-backed Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Education Trust.
We also believe that parents have an important role to play in their children’s education, and we are giving them as much information as possible so they can help their children make sound education and career choices.
“Staffordshire has one of the fastest growing local economies with a growing number of businesses creating skilled high quality jobs. It is important that we act now to increase skills and make long term plans for the future. Every child in Staffordshire should have the opportunity to attend an excellent school, fulfil their potential and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead fulfilling lives and rewarding careers.”
Karen Ashby, head of Entrust’s Careers and Participation Service said: “GCSE results day is a very exciting but can also be an anxious time. Your results may not be as you expected and you may be unsure of your next step.
Entrust Careers Advisers will be available in many schools in Staffordshire on GCSE results day to provide support and guidance. These expert advisers offer independent impartial careers guidance on a range of options to include apprenticeships, college and sixth form, as well as other courses and activities to support you on the best path to your chosen career.