His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, met students taking part in an initiative to introduce young people to opportunities in the construction sector, at a showcase event last week (20 September 2018) held by the Edge Foundation in London.
The charity’s Royal Patron was escorted around the exhibition at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel by Edge’s Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, and its Chair, the former Education Secretary, Lord Baker. The Duke met staff from the UK wide charity Career Ready, based in London, which links employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.
Career Ready were awarded an Edge Grant Fund grant in 2017 for its Think Build programme. They work with employers such as Wates, Arcadis and Wilmott Dixon to provide mentoring, masterclasses, work visits and placements. His Royal Highness met students from the Crest Academy in north London who had undertaken work placements and visits. Other exhibitors included the Edge Hotel School, Career Ready, Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, Blackburn College, the Studio Den at The Studio Liverpool and the Eden Project.