8 August 2017

  |  CBI Scotland

Press release

CBI Scotland statement on SQA exam results

CBI Scotland has responded to today’s SQA exam results.

CBI Scotland statement on SQA exam results

Hugh Aitken, CBI Scotland Director, said:

“We’re delighted to see that higher passes have exceeded 150,000 for a third year in a row and that there has been a marked upturn in skills-based awards in the past few years.

“While many of these young people will go on to higher and further education, it’s worth stressing that apprenticeships and vocational training should not overlooked as valuable alternatives.

“For those who haven’t managed to secure the grades they were hoping for today, remember that there are still many opportunities out there. Employers have told us that it is your attitude and aptitude that really matters – whether that is seeking an alternative qualification or a first job.   

“With Scottish businesses struggling to fill high-skilled roles, and demand for high skilled talent set to significantly outstrip supply, it’s more important than ever that we better calibrate the education and skills system with the needs of businesses. Investment in the education and skills sector is vital for the future prosperity of Scotland.    

“Businesses are committed to investing in and developing talent and want to play an increasingly pivotal role in partnering with schools to improve careers advice and help young people find the right path.”