The Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Robert Halfon MP, voiced his support for raising the status of technical and professional learning today (19 October 2016) at an event held by the independent education charity, the Edge Foundation.
Speaking at the Edge Annual Lecture at Westminster Kingsway College, the Minister said:
‘For many, particularly those from disadvantaged areas, a high quality technical education will not only open doors to skilled employment; it will give them a vital step on the ladder of opportunity to fulfil their true potential.
‘As Skills Minister I want to make sure that everyone has access to high quality education, which is why I am supporting the excellent work of the Edge Foundation to raise the status of technical, practical and professional courses and their role in ensuring all young people get the skills they need for the future.’
The event marked the launch of the new Edge Grant Fund which will award £1million of funding biennially to educational and not-for-profit organisations’ projects which support the charity’s aims.
Announcing the grant fund, Edge’s Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, said:
‘For over a decade Edge has campaigned to raise the status of technical and professional education, but Edge is more than just a think tank. We want to see ideas put into practice, so I am delighted to invite applications for the Edge Grant Fund from today.
‘This fund will support projects which help to deliver our vision of high quality technical and professional learning pathways, providing young people with the opportunity to reach their full potential, raising aspirations and equipping them with the skills they need for today’s global, digital economy.’