An Cosán Virtual Community College: supporting people from disadvantaged communities to reach their potential

An Cosán Virtual Community College was awarded funding through our Skills Development Fund. It’s a social enterprise set up to scale the work of An Cosan, a community education centre that has served the Irisih community for over thirty years. The funding will be supporting their Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership programme, which will reach 36 women from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Tideway: How employer-led CPD is future proofing the workforce

Rather than focusing on just increasing young people’s skills, Tideway decided to target college tutors and lecturers through a new CPD programme.

The programme aims to give teachers experience of working in the industry, allowing them to put their academic teaching into a practical context so they can inspire and inform their students about engineering.

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Veterinary nursing student awarded bursary funding

When Kathryn started her City & Guilds Veterinary Nursing Diploma, she knew it would be challenging. But what she never imagined was that the hardest part would be figuring out how to pay for it.

She was in the middle of the second year of her Diploma, and was thrilled to be studying something she was so passionate about. Despite working part time, she was struggling to make ends meet and there just wasn’t enough money to cover her course fees and her living costs.

Read more about Kathryn's bursary >

AfriKids: Providing women with training and nursing opportunities in rural Ghana

AfriKids was awarded funding through our Skills Development Fund. With a mission to protect and promote child rights in one of the most deprived areas of Ghana, AfriKids also invest in the skills and employment of young women. 

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Bursary awarded to visually impaired learner Paschal Ekeigwe

Paschal has a visual impairment and became stuck when studying towards a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) because the funding for his electronic note taker ran out. Our bursary programme enabled him to continue his studies.

Read Paschal's story here.


From England to New York - how baking made it possible

UK-born Sim Cass is a professional baker based in New York.

Sim started out as a chef apprentice in the 1970’s. It’s a decision he’s never regretted. Baking skills have opened up a world of opportunity to him, from working in luxury London restaurants, to cruising the Pacific Ocean and even owning the high-end Balthazar bakery in New York.

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South African work experience student Lucky's culinary adventures in London

Mashudu Masinya recently had the opportunity of a lifetime.

The culinary student, better known as Lucky, got to travel from South Africa to London for the ultimate work experience.

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National Grid apprentices keep the lights on

National Grid has an enormous responsibility: connect millions of people safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use. And that takes a talented workforce.

That's why it invests in future talent through a highly-competitive apprenticeship programme. Find out what it takes to be a National Grid apprentice, and hear from first-year apprentices about their experiences so far.

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