University is not the only route to success
UNIVERSITY is not the only route to success, Burton’s MP has said.
Burton Tory MP Andrew GriffithsWith youngsters across Burton and South Derbyshire picking up record GCSE results on Thursday many are now considering their options for the future.
A worrying statistic published earlier this week revealed nearly one in five young people classed as not in education, employment or training (NEET).
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who did not study at university, said youngsters should think about the non-traditional ways which can help them on the road to success.
“I think we are seeing a growing trend over many years of a band of young people not getting the support and encouragement they need to get into the workplace.
“If we do not tackle it now this will store up problems for future generations.
“For a long time young people have been told university is the only route to success. We need to be doing more to promote the alternatives that are available.” The Conservative back-bencher said the Government had launched an apprenticeship programme aiming to get young people into work-based learning.
He added that Burton and South Derbyshire College was at the ‘forefront’ at offering apprenticeship schemes in the area, with courses ranging from engineering to the service industry.
“I would like to congratulate all the students who achieved such a brilliant set of GCSE results, and the parents who nursed them through this stressful time,” he said.
“Lots will be looking at their options, and for some A-levels and then university will be the route they are looking at.
“The Government is investing millions of pounds in apprenticeships, which give both training and practical experience in the workplace which is invaluable.”
Mr Griffiths has also organised a job fair on Friday, September 30 at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium running from 10am to 3pm.
The fair is set to feature some of the largest employers in the area including Punch Taverns, JCB, Toyota and Healthcare at Home.