Congratulations to young people in Morley & Outwood

Congratulations to all the young people across Morley and Outwood who’ve had their GCSE results today. I know it’s a stressful time for parents, teachers and of course young people themselves. I get out to all five local secondary schools whenever I can and it’s always great to hear about young people’s plans for the future. All the Citizenship students from Outwood Grange who’ve wrote to me last year, when they were in year 10, will now be moving onto A levels or onto college. And at Bruntcliffe, Morley Academy, Rodillian and Woodkirk, hundreds of young people will be making similar decisions about their future.

And congratulations to all the A Level students too who got their results last week and are going on to university or heading out into the world of work or into an apprenticeship.

Earlier this year one young A Level student from Rodillian asked me about what she should do to get into the film industry – after the A level results last week she will now hopefully be putting her plan into action. And in my office, now working with me as part of her year out, former Woodkirk student and aspiring politician, Jess Riley got her brilliant A Level results and is now planning where they will take her.

For those making decisions about A levels, college courses, university or an apprenticeship, thankfully help and advice is close at hand thanks to our great local sixth forms and colleges. But much more still needs to be done to ensure there are opportunities for young people to get them into jobs and training so they can get on and do well.

After a year of hard work I hope everyone can now celebrate their achievements. Young people who have worked so hard for their exams deserve the chances to get on and do well. But like many other local people, I am worried about whether the next generation have the chances to do better than the last.

With the number of young people out of work for over a year still way too high, wages still stagnant and high rents preventing young people from leaving the family home or getting on the housing ladder, we need to make sure there are enough of the right opportunities for our young people to get the education, training, jobs and other opportunities to get on and do well.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be keeping up the pressure to get young people a better deal. We need strong action now to prevent a whole generation of young people falling behind.

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Posted August 21st, 2014 by Ed