Ben Blackledge has been involved in the U.K. education sector for more than ten years. He has worked with Government to support the development of education policy, as well as putting that policy into practice on the front line.
His particular interests are in increasing the quality and reach of good careers information and guidance, and enhancing the aspirations of those at risk of missing out on the power of education.
Ben’s career began in careers guidance which fuelled his passion for good career education and the importance of inspiring, as well as informing, young people about the world of work.
WorldSkills UK explains why the skills competitions it organises are vital for pupils’ future success when entering the world of work. Using experiences gained nationally and internationally, the organisation’s Director of Education, Ben Blackledge, together with a former international medallist, will discuss how competition gives pupils the “edge” when taking the next step after school