Why Young People Shouldn’t Feel Disheartened With A-levels

By Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club

Sam Pic 2With the news today that A-level grades have fallen for the second year running, it is a significant time to reflect on what impact Results Day can have on young people and their future career decisions. Whilst A-levels are important entry routes to University, they aren’t essential in providing prosperous careers.

Members of The 5% Club believe that good quality earn and learn training schemes can help Britain’s youth become the business leaders of the future. With 729,000 unemployed young people in the UK, we believe apprenticeships and graduate training schemes can ease youth unemployment and have a huge impact on the strength of the British economy. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recently reported that for every £1 invested in apprenticeships the country gets a £26 benefit.

To maximise opportunities for young people and to ensure that industry gains the skills and talent it needs, we need to provide a range of entry routes into satisfying careers.


Apprenticeships provide the hands-on experience that compliments theoretical learning and enable young people to harvest invaluable work place experience. The demand for skills is in the UK is significant and apprenticeship training schemes provide an effective solution to address the shortage; allowing young people to thrive and potentially become the business leaders of tomorrow.

If this is something your business believes in, then join us in making the commitment to invest in a generation by making The 5% Club pledge. Find out more about the campaign and how to sign up by visiting www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn as well.


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