Ufi launches chartiable trust

Ufi has launched a charitable trust to help solve the UK’s “chronic skills deficit” and high levels of unemployment.

The charity, launched in London this morning, will fund initiatives which improve the accessibility and delivery of adult learning through technology.

The Ufi Charitable Trust has been created through the sale of learndirect and says it will aim for “maximum impact at minimum cost” in everything they do.

“Rather than work on the principle of scarcity in education we want to see scale,” the Ufi Charitable Trust website reads.

“Giving more people more access and ways to learn gives them more chance of getting work.”

It later adds: “We know that because when we were learndirect, we helped more than three million people use technology to access skills and qualifications.

“Now, as Ufi Charitable Trust, we have the opportunity to build on that success and achieve the scale in education and skills that this country desperately needs.”

The launch event was hosted by Ray Barnes, chair of the Ufi Charitable Trust, who unveiled the organisation’s “strategic vision” and investment plans.

It also featured a Q&A panel session with Toni Fazaeli, chief executive for the Institute for Learning (IfL) and Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK, among others.

A live stream of the event can be viewed here.