Career Colleges owe their origins to Lord Baker, former Secretary of State for Education.
In his book, “14-18: A New Vision for Secondary Education”, Lord Baker wrote about specialist high schools in New York. These cater for students aged 14-18 and blend vocational study with key subjects including English, maths and science. They have transformed education for many young people across the city.
Lord Baker sees Career Colleges as a natural extension of University Technical Colleges, which specialise in science, engineering and technology subjects. Career Colleges will draw on the established expertise of further education colleges in subjects directly linked to labour market needs.
Initial support for Career Colleges was provided by the Edge Foundation, an independent education charity dedicated to technical, practical and vocational learning. Another charity – the Helping Hands Trust – came forward to offer additional support. This sparked a groundswell of interest locally, regionally and nationally.