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The Edge Grant Fund 2018

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

Following the success of the twelve projects that received funding from the 2016 Edge Grant Fund, this year’s successful applications support Edge’s strategic priorities and address at least two of the following five funding themes:

  • Improve the design and delivery of engaging and relevant Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Support the development of Project Based Learning (PBL) and associated profound employer engagement
  • Support the development of a 14-19 curriculum which integrates both academic and technical/professional subjects
  • Support the development of innovative approaches to higher education at levels 4, 5, and 6
  • Ways to measure the performance of technical education.

 The recipients of the 2018/19 Grant Fund are:

Activate Learning was awarded £75,500 to develop a teaching toolkit which will link students’ learning to local businesses. Activate Learning runs schools and further education colleges and provides work-based training across Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

The Barbican Centre Trust was awarded almost £40,000 to encourage young people into careers in the creative industries. The Barbican Creative Careers Challenge will give 90 students from three London schools the opportunity to work on creative projects designed by teachers, local employers and creative practitioners, to develop skills and learn about career opportunities in the sector.

Derby College was awarded a grant of almost £80,000 to develop a programme to ensure students leave the college ‘work-ready’. The College will work with local engineering businesses and Twycross Zoo, to design and deliver a curriculum which will ensure that what students learn is put into context via real-world experiences in the work place.

The Eden Project was awarded a grant of almost £95,000 to develop its Horticulture Advocates Programme (HAP) to encourage young people to consider STEAM careers in horticulture. The HAP will train 14 year olds from five local secondary schools to become Horticulture Advocates.

The Edge Hotel School, part of the University of Essex, was awarded a grant of £65,000 to continue its programme to raise the profile of the hospitality industry amongst teachers and careers advisors. The Inspiring Hospitality Careers project offers free learning resources for teachers to use in the classroom and events to bring the hospitality industry to life.

Enabling Enterprise was awarded a grant of £90,000 to support children in primary school to develop their essential skills. The work will take a Project Based Learning approach to supporting the development of the eight essential skills of listening, presenting, teamwork, problem-solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.

The Middlesex University led consortium of Sheffield Hallam and Staffordshire Universities and the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) was awarded a grant of £99,000 for research into the provision of degree apprenticeships. The consortium will develop a network of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to develop sustainable degree level apprenticeships.

Newcastle University was awarded £99,000 to support Project Based Learning (PBL) in secondary schools. The project, entitled PBL goes to University, is designed to focus the university’s outreach work into mainstream curriculum projects for secondary schools, which will be developed with the involvement of local employers. The projects will be linked closely to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Ormiston Academies Trust was awarded almost £97,000 in support of its maritime economy curriculum project to meet skills gaps in the industry. The Multi-Academy Trust will work with Cowes Enterprise College to deliver vocational education which will blend theory in the classroom embedded in key curriculum subjects, with practical learning linked to the maritime industry.

XP School was awarded £91,000 to support the creation of a new diploma. The XP Diploma will combine qualifications, personal development and careers advice through learning expeditions which will be both academically rigorous and rooted in the real world. Students will study the curriculum from 14-19 and build a digital portfolio of skills and experience.

Yeovil College was awarded £94,000 to create a Healthcare Simulation Suite to give young people an insight into careers in healthcare. The Healthcare Futures project will use Project Based Learning (PBL) to introduce 14-19 year olds to the opportunities available in the healthcare sector via learning in the classroom, experience its application in the simulation suite and work experience.

We have produced, with our colleagues at NfER, a guide on How to deliver an effective grant-funded project on technical and professional education which can be downloaded HERE.