The formal launch of the Milestone Foundation and our latest initiative, The 500 Quality Apprenticeship Alliance, was held at the House of Lords on Friday 30th October hosted by Lord Patel of Bradford.
The event was attended by over 300 guests, representing the education, public, private, and third sectors; along with celebrity guests and industry ambassadors.
Speakers included Professor Lord Patel of Bradford, along with Paul Elliott CBE both of whom are Trustee’s of the Foundation, along with Advisory Board members Marcus Weston, founder of the World Education Community and Lindsay McCurdy, the founder of Apprenticeships 4 England.
The Alliance has been created to provide sustainable apprenticeship opportunities, with an appropriate wage to 500 young people using its partner network during 2016. The Alliance intends to maximise employer engagement in the delivery of the apprenticeship framework to help drive improvements in success rates, sustainable employment and increased industry activity and acceptance.
On the evening the Foundation received over 100 pledges for apprenticeship placements from a number of employers, with further pledges anticipated in the coming weeks. The evaluation and delivery of these pledges will be managed and monitored by industry specific working groups.
We were also delighted to confirm on the evening that the Foundation has secured the necessary funding to provide 100 schools across the United Kingdom with our Winning in the Game of Life™ programme, beginning with teacher training scheduled to commence in January 2016.
The Foundation is currently in discussions with a leading education establishment regarding the provision of a social impact survey. This survey will capture the resultant changes in pupils’ behaviour and learning. This evidence will then be used to assist in securing further funding for the Winning in the Game of Life™ programme
The Foundation has already started to engage and train young people through its flagship programme, The Passion Project. In November 2015, 75 candidates will begin a new training programme, delivered via Beyond 2030. The candidates will also be provided with an offer of employment upon successful completion of the programme.