Commenting on today’s GCSE results, Tim Thomas, Head of Employment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
"Increases in English and maths attainment is exactly the news employers want to hear. Numeracy and literacy skills are vital for any path a young person may follow after secondary education.
“Many employers will want those who have excelled today to consider an apprenticeship rather than going down the conventional route to University. Manufacturers are ready to recruit an army of apprentices with two-thirds planning to recruit an engineering apprentice in the next 12 months. They will be looking for those with top marks today to step forward and take up these posts."