Posted on September 27, 2013
Category: News

More than 100 companies are actively investing in skills and training thanks to a campaign aimed at boosting the region’s economy.

The Humber Skills Pledge, launched in April this year by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is helping to create jobs and address the very real and growing skills gap which threatens many UK companies today.

The LEP Board is delighted that the campaign has received major interest with businesses, large and small, all fulfilling at least one of the six pledges including employing a local graduate or apprentice, up-skilling workforces, mentoring a budding entrepreneur, offering a work placement and supporting the development of employability skills.

Lord Haskins, Chairman of the Humber LEP, said: “”It is great news that over 100 businesses have already shown their commitment to invest in skills and are fulfilling the pledges, which in turn should see benefits to their businesses.”

“The aim of the project – to raise awareness of what skills investment can achieve for businesses, the local economy and local people – is starting to be realised and we hope to see more Humber businesses pledging in the future.”

“The range of business who have pledged varies from the very small to multi-national showing that there is something everyone can do to invest in skills.”

Companies that have pledged so far include those within the media, renewables, transport and retail sector while a number of law firms, training providers, colleges and public sector bodies have also backed the campaign.

Hull-based video production company, Neonn, has recently pledged and has since offered work experience placements which have helped win clients and drive the business forward.

Neonn has also taken advantage of free business mentoring available through one of the pledges and has since received helpful advice and business referrals from long-standing companies on hand to offer support.

Director Ben Underwood said: “As a young company we started out relying on education, training and experience to develop so we know how vital investing in skills and training is. Offering work experience placements brings new life and ideas into our business plus it gives young people opportunities to build their CV and give them an idea of whether a career in this industry is right for them. Through the Skills Pledge we have also been mentored which has meant we are still always learning and adapting to stay ahead of the competition.”

Victoria Austin from Pier Support, a change management business consultancy based in North Lincolnshire said: “Pier Support have pledged to support the Skills Pledge in line with our company and personal values to continuously improve not only our skills, but those of our clients. It provides us with an opportunity to disseminate the needs of our clients and knowledgeably keep up to date with the changing education and training field to add customer value to our business improvement support with organisations across the sectors.”

The Humber LEP hope to encourage more businesses to show their commitment to the community, young people and the region’s economy and will be promoting the campaign at a number of business events over the coming months.

To find out more or to show your support visit www.humberlep.org/skillspledge