Cash prizes for practical youth training schemes

A nationwide search for employers who provide the best practical training for young people has been launched.

Practical learning charity Edge will provide £460,000 in cash prizes to employers who can demonstrate how they offer excellent work-related learning opportunities for 14- to 25-year olds.

The Edge Employer Awards are open to all employers in England, large and small, public, private and voluntary.

A condition of entry is that the prize winnings must be reinvested back into work-related learning for 14- to 25-year olds, such as apprenticeships or work placements.

Garry Hawkes, Edge chairman, said: “Many excellent employers believe in providing great work experience and training for young people and we intend to reward the very best.

“Edge is dedicated to championing practical learning and no matter what size your organisation, no matter what sector, we want to hear how you encourage and support younger people to learn in practical, hands-on ways.”

Deadline for entries is Friday 1 July 2005. For further information on how to enter go to www.edgeawards.co.uk, call 0800 980 3343, or email info@edgeawards.co.uk

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