Education fund ‘champions’ vocational projects

The Telegraph is reporting that seven educational projects have been awarded grants totalling over half a million pounds in a bid to “champion” vocational, practical and technical education…

The fund, launched in January by the Edge Foundation to mark the charity’s 10 year anniversary, aims to support innovative education projects that have the potential to be scaled up or disseminated across the education sector.

The grants, awarded in the first stage of the £1 million fund, start at £50,000 and reach £100,000. Successful bids for the second round of grants will be announced by the end of the year.

Projects benefiting from the fund are required to have a direct impact on young people aged 11-24 both in the short and the long term.

Beneficiaries include Activate Learning in Oxfordshire, which was awarded a £90,000 grant for a Career Pathway College, designed to provide technical education in construction and heritage craft.

Careers Academies UK was awarded £50,000 for five new academies focusing on the logistics sector; and Hackney Community College in London was awarded £78,540 for an apprenticeship centre providing apprentices for companies taking space in the Olympic Park.

Jan Hodges, CEO of the Edge Foundation highlighted the importance of “championing” technical and vocational education.

“Edge has worked hard over the past decade to highlight the importance and benefits of high quality technical, practical and vocational education and training, seeking a closer alignment between education and the skill needs of the UK economy,” she said…

Ian Ashman, principal of Hackney Community College said that apprenticeships in the expanding digital economy are “crucial” to the future of Hackney’s young people.

“As we have already shown, young and diverse apprentices bring many benefits to the companies that take them. It’s a win-win deal with clear benefits for young people and for new tech entrepreneurs. ”

Last week it was reported that Britain faces a growing digital skills shortage, with a report from O2 saying that around 745,000 additional workers with these skills would be needed to meet demand between now and 2017.

Furthermore, recent research commissioned by Edge and City & Guilds found that 72 per cent of employers see vocational qualifications as “essential” for improving the skills of young people…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Vocational qualifications would be more popular if successive governments didn’t constantly tinker with them

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