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#SkillsSkillsSkills - Guaranteeing apprenticeships for all

This week Robert Halfon MP for Harlow presented his vision for delivering the apprenticeship guarantee at an event organised by the Edge Foundation and chaired by journalist and television presenter, Steph McGovern. Sally Dicketts, CEO, Activate Learning and Andrew Churchill, Executive Chairman at JJ Churchill joined Olly Newton, Executive Director, Edge Foundation and Alice Barnard, CEO, Edge Foundation on a virtual panel to reflect on the speech and offer their thoughts.

Edge report concludes that FE has opportunity to redefine itself and negotiate a new government funding deal to secure its future

According to Our Plan for FE, a report published by the @ukEdge today, 21st April 2020, Further Education (FE) has a golden opportunity to secure a key role in the country’s future. Against a backdrop of a changing economy, growing skills shortages, Brexit and now the corona crisis, the FE sector urgently needs to define a clear and positive way forward following a period of policy confusion and inconsistency. Now is the time for this to happen.

Edge gives vocational education update on eve of VQ Day 2012

Jan Hodges, chief executive of Edge, gives an update on the work the independent education foundation is doing for the sector.

Access to a broader curriculum at a younger age crucial for Apprenticeship and #TLevel success

If you’ve seen the television advertisements exhorting us to Fire It Up, you would imagine UK plc is thriving with young apprentices, leaping out of bed at 6am, crackling with confidence and ambition. The £2.5million DfE campaign is designed to position apprenticeships as ‘cool’; the positive choice of the independently minded and entrepreneurial youngster who doesn’t follow the herd to uni, but electrifies the workplace with the blue lightning sparking off their shoulders.

The off-rolling issue is about more than just league tables

As the annual furore of GCSEs died down last week (28 Aug), the Times led with a front page splash on an increasingly concerning and complex matter which is becoming part of the annual narrative around exams.

A look back over 2014

2014 seems to have been a particularly busy year for the Edge Foundation. With our 10 Year Anniversary, 7th annual VQ Day, University Technical Colleges and Career Colleges announcements and openings, our £1million Innovation and Development Grant, our Annual Lecture and The Skills Show, we have barely stopped.Our 10 Year Anniversary provided the overarching theme for the year and we took the opportunity of the Edge Annual Lecture to celebrate it properly.Matthew Crawford, author, mechanic and philosopher, flew over from the US to deliver the keynote speech and his thoughts on technical education and practical learning chimed well with our message that there are many paths to success.Panel sessions with principals, students and individuals who have benefitted from Edge investment brought to life the themes and ideas being discussed and further cemented the idea that when it comes to education, one size does not fit all.Another great success was The Skills Show. In our second year as a Premier Sponsor we managed to squeeze in quite a lot over the three days. The second Edge Research Conference took place and provided delegates with plenty of discussion points around vocational education.We held the Edge Challenge at the show, and David Humpston and Card Stack (now Indecks) were crowned the winners.With both Theo Paphitis and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, attending, the finalists could have been forgiven their nerves but they all rose to the occasion and pitched their businesses like the true professionals they are. Congratulations!Thanks and congratulations also go to our partner organisations that manned stands and led 'Have a Go' activities: Myerscough College, London College of Beauty Therapy, Gazelle Colleges, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, the Edge Hotel School and University Technical Colleges all did a fantastic job of engaging the thousands of young people who poured through the doors of the NEC.Finally for 2014, I'd like to send our warmest congratulations to Bridgend College which has been awarded the Edge sponsored AoC Beacon Award for Practical Teaching and Practical Learning.The College's learning by doing approach to Forensic Science is exemplary. Students benefit from innovative practical teaching, learning and assessment. They have opportunities to work alongside experts in the forensic sector including the South Wales Police Force.The initiative is life changing, developing the students into self-confident young people ready to enter the worlds of work or higher education.Looking forward to the New Year we are excited. More Studio Schools, UTCs and Career Colleges will open; there will be more high-quality projects funded in the second round of the £1million Innovation and Development Fund and, with the campaign kicking off in January, VQ Day 2015 on June 10th will once again recognise vocational excellence across the UK.It will be another busy year with another round of activity that wouldn't be possible without the encouragement and commitment of our partners and supporters. We wish you all a relaxing break and look forward to working with you again in what we hope will be a very prosperous 2015.Jan Hodges OBE is chief executive of Edge, the independent education charity dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning

GCSEs have had their day - Sector Response

The Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon MP, will call for a radical re-think of England’s education system today (11 February 2019), including abandoning GCSEs for 16-year olds.

Project-Based Learning and employer engagement in University Technical Colleges offer lessons for schools

Research into Project-based learning (PBL), involving long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with employers shows profound benefits for students says a report published today (19 Feb) by the education charity The Edge Foundation and the Royal Academy of Engineering.    The Evaluation of University Technical Colleges report, produced by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), evaluated PBL and employer engagement in two phases. In this second phase of its research, three leading University Technical Colleges (UTCs) in Liverpool, Reading and Aston were examined in depth to explore the benefits of embedding these concepts in the curriculum and gaining strong and committed employer engagement over a sustained time period.    Project-based learning is a key focus for UTCs and demonstrates a different way of learning, often via industry-relevant projects developed in collaboration with local employers, ensuring that students develop skills that can help them access pathways into employment.   The report highlighted that PBL, which requires students to work to briefs and deadlines and use skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, appears to enhance their academic learning in subjects like English or history as well as technical subjects. 

Counting down to VQ Day

VQ Day is just around the corner and as we countdown the final days to the celebrations it's worth taking a step back and remembering what it's all for.

Opening the doors to the Edge Hotel School

In April the hospitality industry gathered for the Edge Hotel School preview event, the first hotel school of its kind in the UK where students will be “learning by doing” as they study for fast track Foundation and BA (Hons.) degrees in Hotel Management and Culinary Management. Progress on the building and restoration of Wivenhoe House, due to be completed in July 2012, was unveiled in front of the cream of the hospitality industry at The Ritz, London.

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