For millions of anxious students across the country, exam-results-day marks a defining point in the trajectory of their future careers paths.
Many will achieve the qualifications necessary for college or university, or perhaps a more direct route into work. But for countless others, who don’t get the grades they need, that very same pathway can be fraught with obstacles and challenges along the way.
Grades do matter. Whether we like to admit it or not, it’s something all employers take into consideration when vetting potential candidates for a position in their company. Having the necessary qualifications can mean all the difference between landing a job and losing out to somebody else who is more qualified.
Maths and English are especially important — both considered essential basic skills in the workplace — and not getting a pass grade in either one can leave pupils stuck in a cycle of resits and constant barriers to where they want to be. That’s why RDS Global paid Derby College a visit last November, attending its maths and English event, to speak with students and help get the message across.
For us, there are few things more important than the education and the opportunities available for our innovators of tomorrow. Not just within our own industry, but across all business-types, disciplines and areas where new talent is so desperately needed.
As a company based in Derby, it also gives RDS the chance to get involved with local communities we’re determined to make a positive difference to. Speaking with such enthusiastic, bright and ambitious students at the college was all very inspiring — and only reinforces our stance on making sure they’re given every opportunity to chase after their vocational hopes for the future.
We’re huge believers in giving young people the right tools, training and knowledge for success in future employment. That’s just one of the many reasons our own apprenticeship academy was established with Derby College. Educating and engaging students about the overall importance in getting the right qualifications is a massive part of that.
Finally, it continues our ongoing commitment to help break down barriers facing talented and motivated individuals in the IT sector. We’ve been very vocal about doing more to encourage, support and give equal opportunities to men and women vital to our workforce a way into organisations such as ourselves. Making sure they are set on the right path certainly falls into that initiative, so it was a great pleasure to be able to speak with so many ambitious young people on the day.