Industrial Centres of Excellence highly commended at national awards

A pioneering education initiative that brings business and education partners together has been highly commended at the national Children and Young People Now awards, which took place on 20 November 2014.

Industrial Centres of Excellence, or ICE, are a unique and innovative way in which the Bradford District is providing education for young people aged 14 – 19.  Now, the ICE programme has been recognised for the excellent partnership work which is a key part of its success.

The Partnership Working award recognises the outstanding multi-agency project or team that has made the most demonstrable improvement to people’s lives.

ICE work by building strong and lasting partnerships between employers and schools, colleges and universities. They do this so that the skills young people develop match those that employer’s need.

There are four ICE in the Bradford District that focus on the following skills sectors:

·        business and finance

·        environmental technologies

·        advanced manufacturing and engineering

·        construction and the built environment

Children and Young People Now is the only dedicated magazine for professionals working with children, young people and families. The award, which is in its ninth year, was judged by groups of adults and young people. 

The innovative approach ICE are taking means that practical experience of work and business is blended with school, college and university work. This means that young people can develop course work that is very focused on the skills and knowledge that they need for work. 

The ICE programme forms part of Get Bradford Working, an employment and skills investment programme for the District, which also includes: a job creation fund; an Apprenticeship Training Agency; a Routes into Work scheme; and advanced skills. The Council has invested over £10m into this unique scheme, which in partnership with other agencies aims to deliver over 700 new jobs, over 500 new apprenticeships, 1,500 school places linked to business, and support disadvantaged groups into work.

Matt Findull, Bradford Council’s 14-19 Lead Officer, said: “Partnership working is at the heart of what we do, so it’s fantastic news that we have been highly commended. The awards is about projects that make improvement to people’s lives, and we believe that ICE can offer young people new way of developing skills and knowledge while gaining valuable work experience.”

Coun Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: "We’re delighted that this initiative has been highly commended.  It is recognition of the hard work many people in the district have put in to this programme to ensure our young people have skills that will lead to employment. The programme also ties in with our wider plans to Get Bradford Working.”  

Michael Wall, Managing Director of Beaumont Robinson Ltd, said: “It is tremendous news for everyone involved in ICE and good news for the Bradford District. The partnership working that the Council, education providers and local businesses have developed will help support many young people in the future and will mean the district as a whole can benefit.”


Published: 25/11/2014
Audience: Everyone
Contact: Matt Findull

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