£80k grant to help young people build careers

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 31 Jul 2017

GRIMSBY Institute of Further and Higher Education has been awarded almost £80,000 by the Edge Foundation for a project using business ambassadors to advise young people about careers and job opportunities.

Working with Lincolnshire College and around 100 local employers, it aims to encourage young people into careers in construction and increase the number of apprenticeships by 5 per cent. The county has a higher than average NEET –  not in education, employment or training –  figure, despite vacancies in the industry.

Grimsby Institute’s executive director of projects and partnerships, Andrew Goudie, pictured, said: “Construction is a key industry in Lincolnshire; it’s anticipated they’ll be 200,000 vacancies within the next decade, but we need the skilled workforce to fill them. 

“This project will enable our business ambassadors to take the industry into schools and colleges and show young people the range of opportunities there are.”

The grant is one of just 12 awarded this year by the independent education charity from a total fund of £1 million. Edge campaigns for young people to have equal access to different career pathways including apprenticeships, further education and higher education, and be better prepared for work via quality careers advice and employer engagement while at school.

Applications to the Grant Fund had to address at least two of the following five funding themes:

  • Improve the design and delivery of engaging and relevant information, advice and guidance
  • Support the development of profound employer engagement
  • Support the development of truly blended learning opportunities as part of a 14-19 curriculum
  • Support the development of high-quality apprenticeships, particularly at higher levels
  • Address areas of skills shortages for the UK

Edge chief executive Alice Barnard said: “The skills gap in the construction industry is particularly acute in Lincolnshire and this initiative will not only help to advise young people about local employment opportunities and inform their career choices, but positively impact on the economy in the area.”

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