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Edge gives young people’s prospects £1 million cash boost

The Edge Foundation has announced the recipients of awards from its one million pound grant fund today (22 June 2017). A total of 12 projects will benefit from grants of between £45,000 and £100,000. 

Edge Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, said:

‘The volume and the quality of the applications was incredibly high, so selection was quite a challenging process, but I’m confident we have 12 initiatives which will deliver real benefits for young people across the country.  

‘Although there is a breadth of activity across these projects, they all share a common purpose; to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience to make informed choices about their careers and fulfil their potential. These projects will not only deliver on the ground, but provide creative models for other organisations to use in the future.’

The successful recipients are as follows: 

Blackburn College Blackburn will provided facilities for students to study environmental construction working alongside local employers and larger companies.Awarded £99,750.

Bridgwater & Taunton College The college is creating higher level vocational programmes to meet skills gaps in the nuclear industry, with students studying a range of new technologies such as virtual reality (VR).  Awarded £100,000.

Career Ready  Career Ready’s Think Build programme will use industry mentoring, masterclasses, work visits and placements to introduce young people to career opportunities in the construction sector. Awarded £87,878.

Doncaster Chamber of CommerceThis award will support the expansion of the current programme of careers fairs, employer mentors and speakers, to introduce students in years 10 to 13 to STEM careers and provide quality careers information, advice and guidance. Awarded £100,000.

Education & Employers Taskforce Primary Futures organises visits by professionals to primary schools, introducing younger children to a wide range of professions, raising aspirations, broadening experience and challenging stereotypes. Awarded £50,000.

Edge Hotel School With severe skills shortages, hospitality is often perceived as a low skill/low aspiration industry. This programme will raise the profile of the sector and awareness amongst young people of the career opportunities it offers. Awarded £100,000.

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education Local employers will provide resources, help to design curriculum, offer professional development for teaching staff and act as Business Ambassadors to engage students in local career opportunities and support career information, advice and guidance provision. Awarded £78,650.

Studio Schools Trust This project will evaluate the CREATE curriculum framework used in Studio Schools, to identify good practice and share lessons learned. Awarded £75,000.

St Helens Chamber of Commerce This award will support a programme which links teachers with employers across the Liverpool City Region, helping them to deliver better careers information, advice and guidance to their students, with a particular focus on advance manufacturing, visitor economy and digital and creative industries. Awarded £45,447.

St Joseph’s RC Academy This award will expand the existing Future Ready initiative at the Academy to include work experience and project based learning to prepare post 16 students for higher level and degree apprenticeships. Awarded £60,842.

Teach First This project will train and develop teachers to enable them to deliver effective, quality careers information, advice and guidance whilst building strong employer networks to support their work. Awarded £50,000.

The Studio Liverpool A project based learning initiative to give students a better understanding of digital skills and enterprise. The Studio Digital Entrepreneur Network will engage around 2,500 young people in producing 50 commercially viable products, ten to be launched over the first two years. Awarded £99,750.

Applications were invited from education establishments or non-for-profit organisations for projects which supported Edge’s Strategic Priorities and had to address at least two of the following five funding themes:

-Improve the design and delivery of engaging and relevant Information, Advice & Guidance

-Support the development of profound employer engagement

-Support the development of truly blended learning opportunities as part of a 14-19 curriculum

-Support the development of high quality apprenticeships, particularly at higher levels

-Address areas of skills shortages for the UK 

An announcement inviting applications for the next round of funding will be made later in the year.

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