Take The Skills Pledge November 10, 2008Posted by liverpoolchamber in Education, Events, Training.
Tags: Merseytravel, Skills
Merseylearn, the training and development initiative for Merseytravel want local companies to take The Skills Pledge.
The Skills Pledge is a voluntary, public commitment by the leadership of a company or organisation to support all its employees to develop their basic skills, including literacy and numeracy, and work towards relevant, valuable qualifications
They will be holding a high profile Skills Pledge signing event on 3 December ’08 at the Holiday Inn; 9:30am start with refreshments. The event is being supported by their partners in relation to skills including the Learning and Skills Council, GoSkills, Investors in People, Connexions and Business in the Community.
During the event they will be celebrating those partners and suppliers who have committed to signing the Skills Pledge. They will also be raising the importance of apprenticeships and the business benefits we have seen in Merseytravel through our own apprenticeship programme
Find out more about the pledge…
The Skills Pledge is a voluntary, public commitment by the leadership of a company or organisation to support all its employees to develop their basic skills, including literacy and numeracy, and work towards relevant, valuable qualifications to at least Level 2 (equivalent to 5 good GCSEs). The purpose is to ensure that all staff are skilled, competent and able to make a full contribution to the success of the company/organisation.
The Pledge can be given by the Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer, owner/manager or other Board member, on behalf of the organisation. It is a corporate commitment covering the whole company/organisation. For those employees who do not already have a full Level 2 qualification, the Government will provide funding to help them gain basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as their first full Level 2 qualification.
The Skills Pledge is open to all employers of all sizes in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Exactly what would the commitment be?
We have prepared a general form of words which is the minimum commitment we ask of all companies/organisations making the Skills Pledge. The wording is:
On behalf of [company/organisation name], I, as Chief Executive/ Chief Operating Officer [or other board member], make a commitment that we shall:
- actively encourage and support our employees to gain the skills and qualifications that will support their future employability and meet the needs of our business/organisation;
- actively encourage and support our employees to acquire basic literacy and numeracy skills, and with Government support work towards their first Level 2 qualification in an area that is relevant to our business/organisation;
- demonstrably raise our employees’ skills and competencies to improve company/organisation performance through investing in economically valuable training and development.