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The Edge Grant Fund

Launched in 2016, this programme of grant funding will award one million pounds biennially.

Successful applications will support Edge’s Strategic Priorities and address at least two of the following five funding themes:

  • Improve the design and delivery of careers information, advice and guidance
  • Support the development of profound employer engagement
  • Support the development of blended academic, technical and professional learning as part of the 14-19 curriculum
  • Support the development of high quality apprenticeships
  • Address areas of skills shortages for the UK economy.

The following twelve projects received funding from the 2016 Edge Grant Fund.

Blackburn College was awarded £99,750 to develop an Environmental Construction Careers and Skills Academy. The college is working with local companies to shape the curriculum, which will include electrical, gas, plumbing and bricklaying, and create 50 scholarships providing an opportunity for secure employment.

Bridgwater and Taunton College is one of six strategic partners which form the new National College for Nuclear (NCfN). Edge awarded £100,000 to the college to provide teaching and learning via project-based tasks using cutting-edge technology and virtual reality simulation to replicate the nuclear workplace.

Career Ready, a national charity, was awarded £87,878 for its new Think Build programme for 16-19 year olds. Working with employers such as Wates, Arcadis and Wilmott Dixon, Career Ready will provide mentoring, masterclasses, work visits and placements to introduce 90 students to opportunities in the construction sector. 

Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise will use its £100,000 grant to help young people in Doncaster get into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers. Working with Doncaster Borough Council and Sheffield Hallam University, the project offers 18,000 students aged 15-18, work experience, careers advice, mentoring programmes and ‘have a go experiences’.

The Education and Employers Taskforce was awarded £50,000 to expand its Primary Futures programme which aims to reach 240,000 children. It enables primary schools to engage with volunteers from the world of work who, through a range of activities such as ‘What’s My Line?’ and classroom talks, are help to bring learning to life.

The Edge Hotel School has been awarded £100,000 by the Edge Foundation to attract youngsters into the hospitality industry addressing a growing skills gap. The grant will fund learning materials and support a programme of visits and workshops in 200 schools and colleges to highlight the opportunities in hospitality and encourage young people into the sector

The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education received £78,650 for a project using Business Ambassadors to advise young people about careers and job opportunities, encourage them into careers in construction and increase the number of apprenticeships locally by five per cent to address the county’s higher than average NEET figure.

The Studio Schools Trust was awarded £75,000 for a project to evaluate teh CREATE Framework used in the schools.

St Helens Chamber was awarded over £45,000 for its Inspiring Educators programme which will develop teachers’ knowledge and understanding of careers in the Liverpool City Region, with a particular focus on Advanced Manufacturing, Visitor Economy and Digital and Creative sectors where there is a skills shortage.

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn received £60,842 to build on its Future Ready programme. St Joseph’s links with Sunderland University to develop courses which will enable students to spend two days each week working with industry professionals in the workplace, alongside academic and technical learning. 

Teach First was awarded £50,000  to train teachers in careers and employability learning and improve prospects for their pupils, as part of Teach First’s work to challenge educational inequality across England and Wales. The charity gives teachers working in low-income areas the training to develop careers programmes for their students.

The Studio Liverpool received £99,750 to create a network for young budding digital entrepreneurs. The Digital Entrepreneurship Network, or Studio DEN, will help students develop and market a digital product with support from industry mentors. The Studio DEN aims to attract 2,500 young people giving them a good understanding of digital skills and enterprise.

For further guidance, with our colleagues at NfER, we have produced a guide, How to deliver an effective grant-funded project on technical and professional education. 

This will be useful for anyone planning or running a project in this area, whether funded by Edge or another organisation. You can download a copy here