My neighbour's daughter just got her degree results. She took a tough course, chemistry with physics, a straight through to masters programme, with a year's input abroad working with a scientific research team. I've seen this girl grow from tiny baby, go through primary and secondary schools, and on to becoming a university student. It's wonderful to be able to see our young people strike out and forge a place for themselves in life. Mum and I exchanged an excited hug....the newly graduated student has achieved a first class honours!
Throughout the year, there are individual educational achievements announced in the local paper. It can be seen there is a high percentage of young people who go on to higher education and further training, though, opportunities for work place training and apprenticeships have severely contracted over recent years. This is reflected nationwide. The issue of suitably and productively employing our home grown talent is an urgent one, and becoming ever more difficult to address.