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In addition to the Haberdasher schools (see Education on main menu) the Company supports other educational and training activities. Examples include:
City and Guilds of London Institute
City and Guilds of London Institute is a global organisation which awards internationally recognised qualifications in vocational subjects. The Company supports students studying for relevant qualifications by donations to a bursary fund and the award of an annual prize for excellence. The Company is also represented on the City and Guilds Council and one of the Company’s Liverymen serves on their Bursary Board. City and Guilds Head Office is in nearby Giltspur Street and they have the use of the Hall for an annual event that showcases some of the many vocational courses on offer.
St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Medical School and the Guy's, King's and St. Thomas's Medical Schools
St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Medical School and the Guy's, King's and St. Thomas's Medical Schools have been funded for some years to provide awards for mature medical students, in financial need, in their third and fourth years of study. A prize is also awarded to top performing students each year and the recipients join the Charities Committee for lunch after the presentation of the awards.
Teach First is an independent charity which transforms the life chances of children from all backgrounds by recruiting and supporting the most exceptional graduates to teach and lead in schools in challenging circumstances across the country. The Company shares the Teach First mission of addressing educational disadvantage and has supported the charity from 2005. There are currently Teach First participants in two of the Company’s Academies. In 2011 the Company hosted the Teach First Awards ceremony at the Hall and it is hoped that another event will take place at the Hall in 2012 to mark Teach First’s 10th Anniversary.
The Arkwright Scholarship Trust
The Arkwright Scholarship Trust awards scholarships for the study of Design and Technology at "A" level and Scottish Highers to encourage students planning engineering and technological careers. Regular support funds a number of bursaries each year.
The Greenhouse Schools Project
The Project provides sports and arts programmes for disadvantaged and excluded children in London. It originally started by offering programmes in the holidays using the facilities of independent schools. However, it soon became apparent that the most disadvantaged children did not always live in the areas where independent schools were situated and they started to find state schools in East and South East London with whom they could work directly. The model of in school coaches is working well and Greenhouse now provides programmes in 31 schools and 7 Community clubs reaching over 10,000 young people each week. There is a very successful basketball programme at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy.
Royal College of Art, London
The Royal College of Art is a wholly postgraduate university of art and design. In recognition of its roots, the Company makes awards each year to 1st year MA students in Fashion and Textiles at an annual judging event and award ceremony at the Hall. The College selects eight finalists for the awards who are given an opportunity to present their work to a non technical audience outside of their normal environment. As such, it is a valuable experience for them all as well as providing the possibility of winning part of the £10,000 prize fund.