Responding to the release of A-levels results today, Seamus Nevin, Head of Employment and Skills Policy, said:
"Congratulations to all those pupils receiving their A-level and BTEC results. Whether students got the grades they wanted or not, there are plenty of further study and apprenticeship options available to launch their careers.
"Graduates are in high demand among businesses but university is just one of a wealth of options available for young people, with apprenticeships and other ‘earn while you learn’ programmes offering equally worthwhile routes to gaining skills and getting a great job.
"Students who didn’t get the grades they were hoping for should be reassured that there are a thousand different ways to build a career. As valuable as they are, exam results and qualifications are just one of many factors employers look at when hiring. It’s just as important to have the right attitude and a willingness to continue learning throughout your career that will help students succeed in whatever field they pursue.
"With technological, demographic and political change revolutionising the world of work in the coming years, it will be vital that the young people receiving their results today continue to stay engaged in education and lifelong learning throughout their careers, to do the best for themselves, and make the most of the many opportunities our economy has to offer."