With a job in the pipeline getting the right result was all the more crucial for A level student Jacob.
The 18-year-old had impressed bosses so much during a work placement he received a higher apprenticeship job offer.
It meant that making the grade would see him go on to start work as an apprentice chartered surveyor with PD Ports, studying one day a week at Northumbria University.
Lucky for him, the Bede Sixth Form student from Billingham got the result he needed.
“I am ecstatic,” said Jacob, who got to take part in an extended work placement after signing up to the college’s Logistics Academy programme, alongside his full-time study programme.
The Career Ready scheme aims to help raise young people’s awareness of the logistics industry by taking part in a series of workshop, masterclasses and site visits.
Jacob said: “I got involved because I thought it would be good for my CV and also get some experience.”
For him, logistics was an industry that he had never previously given much thought. He said the programme opened his eyes to career opportunities in the sector.
“I knew, as part of the programme I would get to do some work experience and I knew that had led to job offers before, but I didn’t think that would happen to me,” he said.
Jacob was staggered to not only get a job offer but also to be given the chance to study at university at the same time.
“It’s absolutely class,” he said. “I 100% wouldn’t have got this opportunity without the Logistics Academy.”
After achieving two B grades and a C in media, business and economics at Bede Sixth Form, he will start work and university next month.
“I was nervous waiting for my results but now I’m really chuffed,” he said. Choosing to study at Bede and signing up for the Logistics Academy was 100% the right decision for me.”