CMI comments on A-Level results 2017

  • Degree apprenticeships must be promoted by employers, universities and schools as school leavers are scared off degrees by rising costs

Petra Wilton, CMI’s director of strategy, said:

Although the proportion of top A-Level grades has risen this year, it’s interesting to note the significant drop in the number of university places confirmed so far. Given the cost of tuition fees, and the news this week that the Government will not be shifting on its plans to increase interest charges on student loans to 6.1%, this is hardly surprising.
This is why it’s so important that A-Level students and their parents are made aware of the professional opportunities and benefits offered by the new breed of degree-level apprenticeships, like the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. Funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, students can now earn as they study for a degree. Schools, employers and parents need to work together to change perceptions and get more young people starting degree apprenticeships.

For more information on Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, visit:

Twitter: @cmi_managers #MgtApprentices

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