Practical learning body ups the ante

Edge, a charitable foundation that campaigns for ‘practical learning’, has appointed Nicholas Heslop as its first public affairs manager.

His brief is to raise the profile and status of vocational training and practical learning to the political audience – so that young people failed by traditional academic teaching are offered 'a real choice'.

The organisation wants to tackle the 'low regard' in which practical learning is held. 'It is imperative that we do all we can to address the increasing skills gap in our workforce and the lamentable fact that half of all school-leavers end up without even basic qualifications,' said Heslop. He reports to Edge marketing and communications
director Vanessa Miner.

He joins from sector skills organisation the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance after eight years. Before that he was special adviser to then Conservative education secretary Gillian Shephard.

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