Teen who lost apprenticeship resubmits coursework
A TEENAGER who lost his place on a three-year dockyard apprenticeship because of the change in GCSE marking has resubmitted his coursework.
Kyle Stephens, 16, from Higher Compton, had been provisionally accepted by Babcock Marine for one of just 13 three-year apprenticeships to train as a fabricator.
He said he was told by his school that he was set to achieve the C grade in English, so he focused on his other subjects to make sure he passed those too.
When his results came through he found he had a D in English – not the C required by Babcock to take up his place on an apprenticeship. Babcock then rejected him.
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Kyle was back at Eggbuckland Community School yesterday resubmitting coursework in a hope he would be able to secure his GCSE grade C in English.
He said: "They let us come in so I've done some coursework, hopefully I've done enough to get my C grade, and hopefully my certificate will come through in January.
"For those who couldn't do coursework what Plymouth City Council are doing would be good for them. A lot of my friends are in work so couldn't make it.
"It's too late for me to get back on my three year apprenticeship nowthough."
Kyle is now completing a course at City College Plymouth in carpentry.
He added: "It's good, I'm enjoying it."