Wolverhampton’s education chief has issued a good luck message to students collecting their A-levels and other results next week.
Thousands of students are due to find out what grades they have achieved at sixth form and college next Thursday, 15 August.
Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I'd like to wish everyone collecting their A-level results the very best of luck.
“I hope they achieve the outcomes they were hoping for and are looking forward to the next stage of their learning journey, whether that is going on to university or entering the world of work and training.
“We've seen really positive post-16 results in Wolverhampton over the last decade or so, so we’re hoping for another good set of outcomes this year which will reflect the hard work of students and their teachers.”
There are lots of options available for young people – whether their exam results are as they expected, are better or are not quite as good as they hoped they would be. These include going on to university – with places available through the Clearing process for students who either haven't got the required grades or who have changed their mind about the course they want to join – along with entering the world of work or becoming an apprentice.
Apprenticeships are real opportunities for people of all ages who are motivated to work, enthusiastic to learn, and want to earn a competitive salary while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Leading industries and businesses are looking for the next set of dynamic apprentices to shape the future of organisations in Wolverhampton.
More information about apprenticeships is available from Wolves Workbox, www.wolvesworkbox.com/apprenticeships.
Black Country Impact provides one-to-one customised support and training for young people in Wolverhampton who are aged 16-29 and not in employment, education or training. It helps them overcome the barriers that may be stopping them from finding and securing training, education or a job. For more details, please visit www.wolvesworkbox.com/impact.
Young people can also get impartial advice and help to apply for opportunities from Connexions Wolverhampton. No appointment is needed to use its drop-in service at the Civic Centre, Wolverhampton, on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, or by calling 01902 554499 during office hours.
Connexions will also be holding a special GCSE results event at the Civic Centre on Friday 23 August from noon-4pm, when personal advisors will be on hand to offer impartial guidance. Local training provers and other support agencies will also be present to showcase what they have to offer. For details, please visit www.wolvesworkbox.com/connexions.
Councillor Hardacre added: “If you haven't quite decided what to do next, don't panic – there are plenty of doors open to you, and plenty of support out there to help you make the right choice including from your sixth form or college, Connexions Wolverhampton or Wolves Workbox at www.wolvesworkbox.com.”