Commenting on today’s A level results, Verity Davidge, Head of Education & Skills Policy at EEF said:
“While on the surface a drop in applications may appear to be a cause for concern, one of the driving factors behind this is likely to be students concerns around fees and debt, with more young people choosing alternative pathways such as apprenticeships. This is something that should be celebrated. Manufacturers are increasingly offering higher level, quality apprenticeships which provide a strong and credible pathway to a secure job with young people earning while they learn.
“For those entering the clearing process, the message is this – pick your degree discipline wisely. A degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) can offer better graduates starting salaries, real job progression and the possibility of an exciting and satisfying job in manufacturing.”