Students will be advised on possible careers as learning providers across Britain mark VQ Day with skills events

The Edge Foundation is offering funding to schools, colleges and other learning providers in a bid to promote the benefits of skills-based learning.

The investment will contribute to events to celebrate VQ Day on June 5, a nationwide acknowledgement of the practical and vocational achievements of learners across all age groups.

Regional events across the country will educate students on vocational qualifications and give them an idea of the career paths they will pursue in later life, ones they may not have been aware of.

The foundation will provide up to 500 to educational providers keen to hold an event, with a further 4,000 up for grabs should they wish to apply to replicate the activity at the Skills Show.

Britain's largest skills and careers event will take place at the NEC in Birmingham between November 14 and 16.

Schools and colleges have been told they must meet certain criteria if they wish to host an event. It must be creative and inventive, while allowing attendees to engage in a skills-based activity. Would-be hosts must also ensure the event involves young people, captures the imagination of visitors, and goes ahead on or around June 5.

Edge Foundation CEO Jan Hodges said: "VQ Day is about celebrating learning by doing and there is no better way to see this in practice than within the colleges, schools and learning providers that champion it.

"We understand the importance of supporting educational organisations to help students get the edge. Staging a 'Have a Go' activity will help people take part in a day that celebrates individual achievements, and the wider benefits they bring to society and business."

The Edge Foundation's funding statement comes on the back of a call for nominations for the national VQ Learner of the Year Award. Educational providers have been asked to nominate outstanding students who have achieved a vocational qualification in the past year.

Meanwhile, the new VQ Employer of the Year Award will be made up of self-nominees from across businesses. The award has been launched to acknowledge companies that have positively integrated vocational learning into their workforce.

Copyright Press Association 2013