Have Your Say: Don't let exam results dictate your future
AS the academic year begins, it is worth sparing a thought for this summer's school leavers.
While many young people in Wales would have been thrilled with their GCSE results, it is vital we don't forget those who did not get the grades they hoped for.
New research by The Prince's Trust and HSBC has found that, in previous years, thousands of young people have literally "abandoned their ambitions" due to poor qualifications.
More than one in five young people living here in Wales (22 per cent) expects to "end up on benefits".
We must invest in vocational support and training for young people who now find themselves at a loose end, as they watch their peers move on to the next chapter. The Prince's Trust runs a number of vocational programmes which are proven to work, with three in four disadvantaged young people moving into jobs, education or training.
Government, employers and charities must work together to prevent young talent from going to waste.
The Prince's Trust Cymru.