A Level, vocational training and apprentice achievements are commended

Hampshire County Council is congratulating young people who have worked hard to achieve their A Level results, vocational training qualifications and complete apprenticeships, overcoming the difficulties posed in completing their courses as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown

Aug 13 2020

Councillor Roz Chadd, Executive Member for Education and Skills at Hampshire County Council, said: “There is no doubt that post-16 students were dealt a blow with colleges closing as a result of lockdown; and to not be able to complete their courses in the usual way will have been very disappointing for them, I am sure. However, it is clear they demonstrated great resilience and have worked hard to keep going regardless. They should be commended for their efforts. I congratulate them, their tutors and the employers who have supported young people in providing them with an apprenticeship. And, let’s not forget the families and carers of these young people for the increased support that they must have given.”
 
Determining final A Level results and securing vocational qualifications is important for young people to be able to move on to higher education at university, work placed training opportunities and for their future careers. To establish valid results this year, sixth forms and colleges have calculated grades for their students based on performance over the course of their study, and Ofqual, the exam regulator, has then standardised the final grades based on all levels submitted across the country.
 
Councillor Chadd, added: “It is reassuring to know that, pandemic permitting, the 18 year-olds leaving college this summer will still be able to take up a place at university or move on into work or work related training, with their hard-earned qualifications. Likewise, newly qualified apprentices will be taking the next step into employment in their chosen career. On behalf of the County Council, I wish them all a very successful future.”
 
Any young person who needs help or advice about their next options, having received their results, can speak to their school’s Careers Advisor or contact Hampshire Futures – the County Council’s careers advice service for young people –email careers.service@hants.gov.uk. On results day (13 August) and Friday 14 August, they will also be operating a phone line, between 9am and 5pm: 07784 264 699.  There is also an extensive range of careers information available online via the County Council’s ‘Your Future’ website.
 
Students who may be feeling uncertain, anxious or stressed about the future as they move on to university, employment or other training can also seek support from Young Minds who will help to encourage them to look after their mental health and identify when to ask for help.