Baroness Stedman-Scott began her career as a co-ordinator of the old Youth Training Scheme (YTS), an initiative those of us of a certain age will remember was designed to help young people into work. She went on to forge a hugely successful career with the education and training charity, Tomorrow’s People, until she retired as the organisation’s CEO in 2015.
The Baroness’s background and passion for issues such as youth employment and social mobility means she is very keen to support Edge’s campaign for #ANewBacc. We believe that the absence of any technical or creative subjects in the current EBacc limits career opportunities for students and will exacerbate the UK skills gap.
Baroness Stedman-Scott recently hosted Peers at the House of Lords to hear expert views from Sir Mike Tomlinson, the former director general of the Association of Colleges, Martin Doel, a governor of the Rye Studio School, Jacqui Lait and our own Director of Policy and Research, Olly Newton.
Speaking during a debate on technical education in the House of Lords, Baroness Stedman-Scott told peers that:
‘We must create the talent pipeline that new industries and technology demand. To do this we must offer all young people the opportunity to study practical and technical subjects from an early age.’
In the same debate, Lord Storey spoke about the evidence from Sir Mike that careers education is at best “pretty b….. awful”. It is hugely encouraging to see support for our campaign growing in both Houses of Parliament; you can add your voice to Baroness Stedman-Scott’s on our campaign page.