Posted on April 27, 2015
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19/03/2015


Green Futures Greater Grimsby Ltd is the 250th Humber Skills Pledge Signatory

Carol Prendergast of Green Futures and Mike Parker, Chair of the Humber LEP's Employment and Skills Board

Carol Prendergast of Green Futures and Mike Parker, Chair of the Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Board

250 businesses in the Humber area have signed up to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Skills Pledge.  The 250th, which signed this week, is Green Futures Greater Grimsby Ltd, a community business working with people of all ages in the Greater Grimsby area to create a sustainable, green future for all.

The Skills Pledge was set up by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership to encourage and support businesses with access to access vital skills and training organisations in order to help them develop, which in turn, contributes to expanding the local economy.

Green Futures focuses on food production and operates from the Vanson Centre in Bradley, formerly a plant nursery for North East Lincolnshire Council. From there, Green Futures grows food for the local community, supplies vegetable boxes and offers gardening teams for residents, underused land and public green spaces. All of these can be a productive food resource or amenity which can benefit the health and wellbeing of the whole community and support the local economy.

Green Futures creates jobs and has demonstrated its commitment to developing the potential of its own employees by signing the LEP’s Skills Pledge to offer work placements, apprenticeships and enhance staff’s employability skills.

Carol Prendergast, Managing Director of Green Futures Greater Grimsby Ltd said:  “We believe that “home grown” is best and aim to develop our resources in ways which benefit the health and wellbeing of the whole community and support the local economy. Signing the Skills Pledge fits this Green Futures ethos, that our employees – our most valued resource – should get the best training, guidance and support which not only adds value to developing the business but also enables them to be a more confident, skilled and employable workforce.”

Carol, who is a member of the North East Lincs-wide Employability Forum, has also made her own pledge to encourage other social enterprises to sign up to the Skills Pledge.

Presenting Carol with her Skills Pledge certificate, Mike Parker, Vice Chair of the Humber LEP with responsibility for learning and skills said: “Today is quite a milestone for the LEP’s Skills Pledge.  Green Futures is our 250th sign up and the fact they are a social enterprise is great. This demonstrates the relevance of the LEP and the overall importance of training and up-skilling staff to all types of businesses across the Humber”

“Green Futures is a fantastic success story. It has injected a new life into a rundown site, created much needed jobs and brought a new enthusiasm in the area.”