Young people disappointed with the GCSE grades they received last week have been urged not to lose heart.
Brian Wisdom, chief executive of People 1st - the sector skills council for hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism in the UK - said there are still opportunities open to those who did not achieve what they had hoped for.
He noted that young people are getting their results at a time when there is a pinch on jobs and increasing competition for higher education places.
"My advice for young people is don't panic because there are many opportunities out there, not just in education, but with good employers who provide good training and opportunities that people should think about," he said.
Mr Wisdom recommended that school leavers look for employers that offer training and career development paths.
The University and College Union last week warned that people who were unable to get a university place could snap up courses at higher education colleges, effectively squeezing GCSE students out.