Commenting ahead of the release of A-level exam results tomorrow (Thursday), Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   

“Too much attention is focused on the annual ritual of exam results, and too little on whether our young people are getting the skills they need to succeed. In a tough economic climate and with the number of ‘Neets’ heading towards the one million mark, it’s more important than ever that Britain’s education and training systems work for learners and for businesses alike.    

“Companies up and down the country tell us that too many young people are still leaving school, college or university without the tools needed to get into work. So rather than focus on A-level pass rates, councils, colleges and local businesses need to form a closer partnership – ensuring that employers can recruit locally, and that young people get the training they need to get ahead.”