Exam grades disappointment is ‘not the end of the world’, says boss of Rugby firm - The Rugby Observer

Exam grades disappointment is ‘not the end of the world’, says boss of Rugby firm

Rugby Editorial 24th Aug, 2023   0

A FULFILLING career is within reach of young people who are facing uncertainties following GCSE or A Level results – so says the boss of a Rugby company.

With GCSE results announced today (Thursday August 24), Lincoln Smith, MD of heating, plumbing and electrical firm Custom Heat, is reassuring school and college leavers that a bright future can be ahead of them if they choose to take up an apprenticeship.

With the demand for skilled plumbers and heating engineers reaching record highs, Lincoln sees apprenticeships as a promising alternative path for school leavers.

He said: “School and college leavers not achieving the grades they wanted is not the ‘end of the world’ – and in fact can be a turning point for many in deciding on a different path in life. We have had many apprentices through our doors going on to have very rewarding careers.

“We do however find it worrying to see the increasing demand for skilled plumbers and heating engineers while the number of qualified candidates falls short. Through apprenticeships, we can empower the next generation to fill these crucial roles and contribute to the growth and success of our industry.”

Employee Tynan Jones, a 27-year-old plumbing and heating engineer from Rugby, began as an apprentice after leaving school with poor GCSE results -and has recently bought his first house.

He said: “To anyone leaving school without the grades they wanted, I want them to know there is always an option as long as you are willing to work for it.

“You can start your rewarding career without the financial stress, get qualified to work and learn skills for life. It was the right decision for me. It’s paid off.”


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