New diploma set for pole position
Mr Denford has just joined the Diploma Employer Champions' Network (DECN), which is made up of UK employers, including Toyota, Vodafone, Microsoft, GMTV, Rolls Royce and BT.
He said: "This is a great opportunity for other local and national businesses to give students an understanding of a chosen sector and allow them to develop employability skills.
"The evidence is clear, when employers get involved in education, everyone benefits. Young people find it easier to understand the purpose of their studies, schools build relationships with their local community, and employers have the opportunity to influence the career choices of the next generation workforce.
"F1 in Schools is delighted to support the engineering diploma, as at long last engineering education can be delivered in the classroom incorporating exciting action based projects which will engage students and make them fit for purpose in the world of industry.
"The diploma covers all the major skills and academic areas that employers are looking for in their search for talented youths wishing to enter the world of work."
More than 5,000 employers helped develop the diploma and the DECN wants to get more employers on board with delivering it.
Employers can take part by working with teachers to help shape the curriculum, give talks and lectures, supply projects and offer work experience placements.
Mr Denford's own training started with a vocational course where he won Apprentice of the Year at Humberside Engineering and Trading Association (HETA) before graduating from Huddersfield University.
Almost 10 years ago the mechanical engineer founded the "F1 in Schools Technology Challenge" which involves children as young as 10 in the programme and is a not-for-profit organisation.
It has grown into an international scheme, operating in over 30 countries across the world.
Diploma students can go on to work, through an apprenticeship, or go on to higher education.
Any employers wanting to find out more can visit the website http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19/employers.
- Last Updated: 08 December 2008 8:57 AM
- Source: Evening Courier
- Location: Halifax