Businesses need to prepare themselves for an influx of strong talent following this year’s A-Level results, according to The Open University.
The results saw a rise in those leaving school with the top A* and A grades, with the BBC reporting an increase of 0.5%. Despite the boost in grades, there has been a 2% drop in students taking up university places, meaning more businesses need to take steps to prepare for a bright new generation ready to enter the world of work.
The financial strain on students looking to study is expected to be a major factor in more young people looking into different positions, but it could lead to Britain facing its biggest workforce in history as we could see more generations than ever working side-by-side. UK employment is the highest it has been since the 1970s, and the surge in new jobseekers could help ease the pressure on recruiters who are finding it harder to source the right talent for the position.
Half of British businesses are already taking the time to introduce apprenticeships and training options within their companies for younger workers, and The Open University is hoping more businesses will take advantage of the opportunity to restructure their workforce.
“With rising A-Level results, there is no shortage of talent among those entering the workforce,” said David Willett, Director at The Open University. “Employers who are able to implement a life-long learning structure will reap the benefits of investing in the skills of young staff through effective use of work-based learning, as well as future-proofing their businesses so they’re adaptable to change.”