As A-level results are released across the country, Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has reminded all young people they can succeed as there are many options across the city available to them.
Provisional results show a strong performance from Bristol schools with 93% of students achieving at least three A-levels at grade A*- E. This year 176 (13.1%) young people received three A - A* grades – up from 110 (8.9%) twelve months ago.
However as well as furthering their studies, young people regardless of their results, can also develop their skills and gain experience directly in a workplace through an apprenticeship.
Mayor Marvin Rees said: “Creating a city of hope where everyone has the chance to succeed is our vision for Bristol, so A-level results day is a great opportunity to remind young people there are so many options available to them. While many will go on to continue their academic studies, others may choose to look at other options.
“In Bristol there is a wide choice of high quality apprenticeships, entry-level jobs as well as university and college places on offer, and I am confident that with hard work and commitment - exam results aside - there are great opportunities in our city to help all young people get on. I wish everyone much success and interest as they embark on the next stage of their lives.”
Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “Well done to all the young people in Bristol who took their A-levels this year, and to their families and carers who have supported them.
“I know results day can be a stressful and uncertain time for students and for school and college staff, who also put a huge amount of effort into preparing for this time of year, and in supporting students.
“I would say to all students, even if you didn’t get the results you were hoping for, in Bristol there are lots of ways you can further your education and future prospects after secondary school, including apprenticeships and vocational college courses. I wish all those leaving secondary school this year great success for the future.”
Richard Harris, Acting Principal & Chief Executive of City of Bristol College said: “The hard work and dedication that our students have shown throughout the year is reflected in today’s A-level results. We encourage all our students to take pride in their work and to have the ambition and determination to progress and take that all important next step into the working world or further study into higher education.
“Today is an occasion for our students to recognise their own achievements and successes, and to look forward to the opportunities that are ahead. We are pleased that a number of our students will be coming back to study with us again next year and embark on higher education at the college.”
City of Bristol College student, Millie Ferguson, is set to follow her new-found dreams and study fashion photography at university. The 19-year-old came to the college from a Level 1 course after struggling with her GCSEs. With the support of her teachers she found a love of photography and after achieving an A* in her A-level photography today, she is excited to be continuing her studies at university.
Millie said: “I’m so happy with my results today – they are better than I imagined. Before I joined college I had never picked up a camera before in my life and didn’t know any of the settings – I didn’t even know where the ‘on’ button was! After an incredible learning experience at college and some amazing teachers I’m continuing my journey with an A*. My teachers made me realise it was my passion and I was supported throughout my two years – I’m so thankful to them. I can’t wait to learn more about fashion photography at university.”
Ioana Anescu, 19, from Romania moved to the UK two years ago with her parents in order to continue her education in England. Studying A2 Sociology, Media and Religious Studies she is celebrating her well-earned grade C results today along with her friends.
Ioana said: “I jumped in at the deep end when I arrived in England as I was only here a few weeks before starting my A-levels. I am quite a shy person so it took me a while to settle in but after making friends and the fantastic support and advice from my teachers I started to get over my shyness and progress. I received extra support from the Study Plus team who helped me improve my writing skills which made a big difference to my grades. I had a conditional offer at Coventry University so I was a bit nervous this morning but now I’m so excited that my results has secured my place. I want to thank all my teachers who have supported me”.
Upcoming apprenticeship opportunities are available on the website: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentice/what-is-an-apprenticeship and as part of the #FireItUp campaign.
Some opportunities include:
- Business Support Apprentice for The Mayor’s Office: findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-454953
- Digital Apprentice in museums: findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-453983
Over 130 Bristol City Council supported apprentices are due to complete this month – most work for small businesses in the city and some directly for Bristol City Council. They are now launching fully qualified careers as civil engineers, highways planning technician, accounting technicians, bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, plasterers, business support officers, adult care workers and teaching assistants. Overall this year over 2,000 apprentices will complete their apprenticeships in Bristol.
Free careers advice on everything from CVs to interview techniques is available throughout the summer at drop-in surgeries held with an advisor from the Department of Work and Pensions in the Proud to Care career and job shop in the Galleries. Sessions run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11-3pm until 28th August.
The next Department for Work and Pensions and Bristol City Council Jobs fair will be held on 18 September at Horfield Jobcentre - https://ways2work.org.uk/events/horfield-jobs-fair/
There is further information available about Post 16 pathways and options on the Post 16 Participation website www.P16P.co.uk . Or you can contact the Bristol councils Post 16 Participation team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01173525750