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Career Academies UK receives £50,000 grant to expand logistics programme

Thursday 31 July

Career Academies UK has been selected as one of the recipients of a £50,000 grant from the Edge Innovation and Development Fund.

The grant was awarded to help expand the logistics programme, establishing five new Logistics Career Academies, with the first opening in Liverpool in September 2014.

The grant comes from the Edge Foundation, an independent education charity dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning.

Jan Hodges OBE, CEO, the Edge Foundation said:

“Career Academies UK is doing fantastic work raising awareness of the many paths to success. We are delighted to award them this grant so that they can build on their success and give plenty more 16-19 year olds the experience and skills they need to be able to perform more effectively in the world of work.

Edge has worked hard over the past decade, seeking a closer alignment between education and the skill needs of the UK economy. The grant fund has allowed us to reach out across the country so that Career Academies UK, and the other grant recipients, can help this unfold at a local level.”

Anne Spackman, Executive Director, Career Academies UK said:

“This grant from the Edge Foundation will help us to develop a new strand of work in a fast-growing but little understood sector. Our students are looking for apprenticeships, jobs and careers; logistics companies across the UK are actively seeking young people to fill 750,000 new vacancies by 2017. This project puts them together in a tried and tested programme.

Our first Logistics Career Academy opens at West Derby School in Liverpool next month, where Superport is a key part of the Liverpool Vision.  It is supported by leading logistics companies including Stobarts, Abbey Logistics and Bibby International”. 

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