John Cope, CBI Head of Education and Skills policy, said:
“Employers see these technical qualifications as world class, not second class – and the start to a great career.
“Congratulations to all those students receiving their results today. They are a testament to years of hard work, dedication, and determination.
“Regardless of whether people get the results they hoped for or not, it’s important to remember that life isn’t just about exam results. Grades do matter, but they are one thing employers look for – just as important is creativity, passion and character.”
On the introduction of T-levels next year, John added:
“The prestige of technical education will continue to grow with the new and critically important ‘T-Levels’ just a year away.
“T-Levels will help bring logic and common sense to the thousands of qualifications employers and young people often struggle to navigate. The Government’s commitment to T-Levels carrying UCAS points is essential.
“Once in place, young people will have the choice between three high quality options that employers, colleges and universities recognise – A-levels, T-levels or an apprenticeship.”