As part of the Humber LEP’s commitment to improve the level of employability skills throughout the Humber, a series of projects have been undertaken by the Employability Task and Finish Group which has included the adoption and re-branding of the Humber Employability Charter which now sits under the Skills Pledge.
A further piece of work is being undertaken around the principle of using a validation approach to employability passports within the Humber i.e. issuing a LEP ‘stamp of approval’. This principle was agreed by the Employment and Skills Board in March 2014.
This approach will see the Humber LEP setting a framework of expectations for any employability passports submitted for validation and will be based on the CBI’s 7 employability skills:
- Business and Customer Awareness;
- Problem Solving;
- Communication & Literacy;
- Application of Numeracy;
- Application of ICT
August 2015 Update
A huge amount of work has been on the Humber LEP’s Employability Passport Validation project over recent months with many of our partners to ensure that validation process meets the needs of employers. We are pleased to recognise the work of many organisations in terms of increasing the employability skills of individuals, making them more ready for the world of work and to assist continual progression within employment.
We are now in a position where we will be taking forward an initial group of trailblazers under a pilot phase. These trailblazers have been selected from our initial list of registrations to allow a thorough evaluation and recommendations for subsequent phases to take place. We have selected against a criterion of:
- Organisation type
- Employee / learner numbers
- Learner types
The team at Humber Learning Consortium (HLC) have kindly offered to support us with the management of a pilot phase. The HLC team will carry out a desktop assessment of a small number of self assessments, report their recommendation to a panel and provide pilot phase providers with feedback and certification as appropriate. Throughout this process, they will also capture provider’s feedback on the process and incorporate this into their recommendations for a wider roll-out in 2016. During this period we will continue look at potential funding sources to manage this process.
We look forward to being able to share updates as this exciting project continues.