Advice available via Twitter for GCSE students across Barry
12:01pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
GCSE students across Barry are being encouraged to tweet Wales’ largest apprenticeship provider ACT with questions about their next career steps after receiving their exam results today (Thursday, August 22).
ACT will be at hand all throughout the day, via twitter @acttraining, to offer advice on apprenticeships and training opportunities for students who don’t want to continue in mainstream education.
A recent report by the Welsh Government revealed that a fifth of all Welsh 16-24 year olds were classed as NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training). This is a worrying statistic, particularly when there are so many different opportunities for school leavers to learn new skills, trades and gain qualifications. ACT is determined to make a positive difference to people’s lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities from business administration to construction courses.
Andrew Cooksley, the managing director said: Andrew Cooksley, managing director of ACT Training, said: “The results received on Thursday, can be life changing for young people, but our staff at ACT are on hand to offer support and guidance through social media.
“The Prince’s Trust has revealed (August 13) that nearly 40 per cent of people in Wales believe that those who fail their exams will struggle to find a job in the future and more than a quarter admit they will always feel inferior to those who did better at school. These figures are worrying as there are so many opportunities available to those who don’t want to stay in mainstream education, and that’s why we’re urging GCSE pupils to go online and ask us any questions they have so we can support them with any choices- there are endless opportunities available to young people of all abilities.”
In the run up to results day, ACT also launched the #howmanydidyouget twitter campaign asking people all over the country to reveal the number GCSE’s they had at school. The results have been extremely interesting with rugby legends Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies having two, Andy Moore has eight and ‘The Apprentice’ star Alex Mills has five, proving that exam results doesn’t restrict further education and training opportunities.
Since setting up in 1988, ACT has become Wales’ largest provider of training and apprenticeships. With five training centres across Wales, it offers work-based training to over 8000 people every year. It is one of the most innovative and professional training providers in Wales, making it a first choice partner. It has 200 members of staff and has also been named in the Sunday Times’ Best 100 places to work in 2012.