Posted on June 9, 2015
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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Chair Lord Haskins awarded the 300th Skills Pledge certificate to Scunthorpe’s John Leggott College at the opening of North Lincs Expo at the Baths Hall on Tuesday 2 June.

The Skills Pledge, set up by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, is a voluntary declaration by an employer to support its workforce in developing vital skills and access to training organisations so that they can make a full contribution to the success of the business. This, in turn, contributes to growing the local economy. Businesses can also offer work placements through the Pledge which helps improve the employability prospects for young people and people looking to retrain.

The Humber Skills Pledge covers the following six areas

  • Invest in increasing the skills of your workforce
  • Mentor a budding entrepreneur
  • Offer a work placement to a young person or adult
  • Offer an apprenticeship / traineeship
  • Employ a graduate
  • Support the development of employability skills

Companies can opt in to as many of the six areas as meets their requirements.  John Leggott College has opted into all six. Prior to signing the Pledge, the College has already demonstrated its strong  commitment to improving employability having delivered 44,000 hours of work experience across 14 different employment sectors over the last 18 months. This works out at the equivalent of 487 work placements with 233 employers.

Presenting the Humber Skill Pledge certificate to John Leggott College Principal David Vasse, Lord Haskins said “Reaching 300 Skills Pledges in a major milestone and it is testament to the commitment we have from businesses across the Humber having a workforce which is equipped to make the most of the employment opportunities available. John Leggott College has an excellent academic record and I’m delighted that it has an equal commitment to training and employability.”

Principal David Vasse said, “We are proud and delighted to be making a growing contribution to the regional skills agenda.  Like all strong organisations, we know the value of partnerships and shared accountability for the future of our economy.  By understanding the needs of local businesses and organisations we are able to grow, at John Leggott College, a considerable future talent pool.”