Many Humber education and training providers offer their students an opportunity to record their additional employability skills using a ‘passport’ that can be shared with future employers.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has developed a bespoke framework to support regional organisations to develop a consistent approach to their Employability Passports. This framework supports the CBI seven employability skills.
Words by Stephen Savage, Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board
As part of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) commitment to improve the level of employability skills in the region, an ‘Employability Passport’ framework has been developed through a pilot validation approach approved by the LEP Employment and Skills Board.
This approach has seen the development of a framework of expectations for any employability passports submitted for validation and is based on the CBI’s (Confederation of British Industry) seven employability skills. These are:
– Business and Customer Awareness;
– Problem Solving;
– Communication & Literacy;
– Application of Numeracy;
– Application of ICT
To gain the LEP kite mark organisations need to prepare a detailed self-assessment using employer and student feedback to demonstrate how their process meets economic demand. Providers engaged in the pilot have also fed back to the LEP to enable the next steps in this important project to be planned.
To date 25 organisations have achieved success in the pilot.
Support from the LEP, through the European Social Fund and the Skills Support for the Workforce programme has seen East Riding of Yorkshire Council, working in partnership with local schools and a colleges, begin a complementary process of their own in producing one collaborative passport which will be used by several schools and providers. This innovative approach will enable each school to ensure their students are work-ready in addition to gaining vital qualifications.
Jacky Smith, Partnership Manager at East Riding Education and Skills Partnership said:
“We are delighted that a small group of East Riding Secondary Schools have worked together to develop a common Employability Skills Passport framework, in consultation with local employers.
“This Passport provides a framework to enable young people to understand more about the key skills that employers are looking for. Completing the passport requires them to reflect on their existing experiences both inside and outside of school, and the relevant transferable skills they already have.
“Young people need to be able to evidence and present how they have achieved all 7 of the key skills in the passport to achieve this final award. The overarching and shared aim is to improve the employability skills and ultimate success of young people from the East Riding of Yorkshire.
“All six schools involved in the project have now implemented the Passport in their schools and have had them validated by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), as part of the Humber LEP’s commitment to improve the level of employability skills throughout the Humber.
“We plan to roll out the Collaborative Employability Skills Passport to all Secondary schools in the East Riding and Hull over the next academic year, and are also planning to develop an on-line version that will be accessible in the future via the Humber’s on-line careers gateway – ‘Bridging the Gap.”
Andy Crossland from Humber Learning Consortium added:
“By using the LEP’s Employability Skills Framework as a guide, 25 schools, colleges, and training providers across the Humber have developed skills passports that help to align their provision to the needs of local employers.
“We are only one year into the initiative and already we’ve started to see an increase in the number of young people and adults across the Humber that can clearly demonstrate the employability skills that employers demand. Over the next few years we will continue rolling out more employability passports, so they become an expectation and norm in the Humber.”
Ensuring that learners in the Humber are ready for employment is as important as any form of training. Our message to employers would be to help local learners make informed career choices, whilst focusing on the development of the 7 key skills in the framework.
Our commitment to improving the level of employability skills in the Humber is pivotal if we are to continue in supporting a skilled and productive workforce for our region. This is embedded in the LEP Employment and Skills Strategy, aligned to our Strategic Economic Plan and will result in continued and sustainable economic growth.
To find out more information and guidance please visit: www.humberlep.org/skills/employability-passport where you can access https://www.hlc-vol.org/humber-lep-employability-passports-application and apply for your own Employability Passport via Humber Learning Consortium.