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Here you will find the latest news and progress of the Skills Pledge campaign:


LEP and CEC partnership brings about once in a lifetime placement with HaaS F1 Team for lucky student

Healing School, a Science Academy in North East Lincolnshire, contacted Careers and Enterprise, Humber LEP for assistance with a work placement for one of their students. This irregular placement would mean the student working in Oxfordshire for a week. This exciting opportunity was not one to be missed.

Charlotte from Healing Academy took the initiative to contact HAAS formula one for a work experience opportunity. As a successful formula one team HAAS agreed to take charlotte on for the week.

Whilst most students secure work experience with local companies in the area, Charlotte managed to get on to this placement by using her initiative to contact  the company herself as well as having  the support from her family who were willing to travel to Oxfordshire with her and stay with in a hotel whilst she was on her placement.  Careers and Enterprise Humber LEP were able to contact our fellow LEP in Oxfordshire and organise a Risk Assessment and Health and Safety check.

Charlotte was able to work with the HAAS team, learning all about the mechanics, the physics and the team work, even meeting Romain Grosgean.

Charlotte’s mother, Claire, said:

‘”It was a very unique opportunity for her in which she thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot from and the support of both the LEPs and the school is much appreciated.”

Jennifer Vincent, Careers and Enterprise Company said:

“I am so pleased we were able to support Charlotte into a STEM based opportunity that she will never forget. The Humber LEP and Careers and Enterprise understand the need to get more females into engineering industries, and I am glad she has thoroughly enjoyed it. We wish Charlotte all the best for the future, and hope she keeps her keen interest in the sciences.”

Healing School is one of many schools in the Humber with a great history of valuable work experience for all students in year 10. If you are a company who would like to know more about taking on a young person for work experience, an intern, or find out more about apprenticeships, please contact the Humber Skills Pledge, who will be able to advise you of the best opportunities to meet the needs of your company, and the next generation in our area.


Jo Smedley, Managing Director of Red Herring Games has been supporting the Humber Skills Pledge and last year offered a work placement to a job seeker.  The experience was positive for both the business and the candidate and she was offered a job within the organisation to manage Amazon FBA stock control and logistics in December.

Jo is currently working with Young Enterprise and is keen to continue to support people looking for work.

She has recently finished a BTEC in FE and is willing and able to support Colleges on any business related issues.

See Jo’s story here:


Wilberforce College students go behind the scenes at KCOM

The Humber Skills Pledge brings together business with Employment and Skills. KCOM are investing in the future skills across the Humber. Wilberforce College have achieved the Humber Gold Standard for Careers, Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance.


Fifty students from Wilberforce Sixth Form College were recently given a behind-the-scenes insight into KCOM’s technology as they took a tour of the server rooms at its Carr Lane office.

The students are in the second year of a BTEC IT course and the tours gave them an overview of the operations of the server rooms, security and supporting systems.

Brendon Smurthwaite, Community Coordinator at KCOM, said:

“We were delighted to welcome the students and give them a look at how our server rooms operate.

“Being able to see the systems close up will hopefully have prepared them for what they might experience if they work in the IT industry in the future.”

Jo Grindall, IT Teacher Wilberforce Sixth Form College, added:

“Our visit to KCOM to find out about their IT infrastructure provided a really valuable and interesting opportunity for the second year BTEC IT students.

“To see a real life server room up close and understand how KCOM uses IT in their business is a great addition to our students’ employability skills and knowledge of the world of work.”


Turning the Tables with Hull Springboard

As an employer recruiting, how many times have you asked a candidate what they are good at, and they say; ‘working as part of a team’, ‘communication’, ‘working on own initiative’ and all of the other ‘buzz’ phrases, but then cannot come up with an instance of this? We know that young people have amazing ideas, are born digital, and can bring a new, innovative dimension to a team, so why are they not telling us about it?

Springboard (Hull) contacted the Humber LEP Skills Pledge to put on a Jobs Fair for young people for Customer Service, Retail, Catering, and labouring type vacancies. The 13 young people to be invited were all ‘ready for work’ and had done various training, jobs, and education in the past, were mostly getting to interview stage, but not nailing the job.

The Springboard Advisers needed to see what the stumbling blocks were and how to resolve these issues with real job opportunities for the selected 13.


The event needed an opportunity for participants to liaise with real employers and apply for live vacancies in a supportive environment, showcasing their skills/experience, qualifications and CVs to employers, but without the boundaries and restrictions of a normal interview setting.

The young people all stated how nervous they get at interview, and it seemed fine for the interviewer, as they had done recruitment so many times, it would be easy for them, not understanding that interviewers are often as nervous as the young person… we switched it around.

We invited Lena’s Deli, ResQ, Prestige Recruitment, King William Pub, DWP, Hull Pie, Hull College, and Hull Training to the afternoon tea held at Kardomah94, with 13 young people aged 18-24, and the Hull Springboard team.

The young people ‘speed interviews’ the employers, asking about how they got into business, what they looked for in a new recruit, and what the jobs they had entailed. When travelling around the room, the young people grew and grew in confidence, and by the end, were itching to get back and speak to the employers that had told them about jobs that interested them. The networking break saw all mixing together, and the event was a huge success for the confidence of the young people.

Ashley said “I enjoyed the event and liked the fact that I got the chance to bond with the employer and that I got to interview them as this gave me the chance to get the information that was specific to me”

Some of the young people have gone on to get follow-up interviews like Declan; “I was nervous going into the event, but after speaking to employers through interviewing, I gained more confidence and it was interesting to learn how employers got into their roles. From the event Prestige offered me an interview for a customer service role which made me feel like I was employable and that I do have desirable skills and qualities an employer looks for. I would not have thought of looking at prestige for job roles if they were not at the event.”

Thomas said; “I really enjoyed the event, the venue and the atmosphere. I liked that I was given the opportunity to interview the employers as I got to ask questions that I had never been able to ask before and I now know different ways to ‘sell my skills’. I was also happy to hear back from ResQ and Hull Training after the event.”

Lena, Owner of Lena’s Deli, was looking for a catering assistant and a till assistant, and said “I have thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and have never interviewed in this way before, but am more than happy to come to further events like this”.


The Springboard team continue to work with the young people in Hull, and are awaiting outcomes from follow-up CV’s and interviews.

Ann Newlove, Skills Pledge Coordinator said “I chose Kardomah94 as the venue, as it is the ideal atmosphere for the event. We knew that although not all would get secondary interviews following the speed interviewing, it was a good way to grow confidence, having 13 job interviews in under 2 hours. Practice makes permanent. This was a pilot event to see how this type of recruitment worked, and we are now hoping to follow it up with the three teams that make up the full Humber Springboard support.”

 For more information, please contact the Employment and Skills Team, Humber LEP



Behind the Scenes with Howarth Timber Group: The only time you stop training is when you leave the company

howarth-logo-2Howarth Windows & Doors, Arborforest and The Dock, based in Hew Holland, North Lincolnshire (part of the Howarth Timber Group) may appear at first glance to be a typical builder’s merchant with its own manufacturing divisions but behind the scenes, there’s a lot more going on that you may expect.

The Howarth Timber Group website states that customers are at the heart of everything they do but having visited them for an update on all things Skills Pledge, we can most definitely confirm that their employees are the true heart of the business.

Mick Toner, Technical Manager and previously Factory Manager, contacted us via the newsletter recently to let us know about another wave of apprentices who had joined the business as well as some other projects they were working on.  We were only too pleased to accept the invitation to visit the New Holland site to meet with Mick and Imogen Howarth, the project leader on a centre of excellence project that the company is working on.

Once on site, the first thing that struck us was the work the company does to train and support their staff.  Shown into one of the two dedicated training rooms with a view over the factory floor, Mick, who started as a fork lift truck driver, shared information on the in–house training programmes delivered by a team of staff trainers.  As Mick put it: “The only time you stop training is when you leave the company.”

Staff are trained in all manner of areas from assembly process courses to leadership and management functions and are also empowered and rewarded when it comes to problem solving.factory-view

With an impressive 450 people employed on site, many of them in manufacturing roles, it was interesting to see that the company is doing its bit to overcome the stereotypes.  The Howarth Windows and Doors division boasts an even male:female workforce, with many females in factory / production roles.

For Howarth Timber Group, it’s not just their existing staff that is important.  The company does a great deal of work to inform and inspire the future workforce.  They have a longstanding relationship with North Lindsey College which includes offering workplace visits to students and providing materials to be used as part of the curriculum. This relationship also goes a step further with plans underway to establish a local Centre of Excellence in conjunction with the Wood Industry Training Forum.  As Imogen explained: “Creating this facility would give young people coming through the chance to train on state of the art machines which are simply unaffordable for colleges.  It’s particularly difficult for us to get staff qualified in woodworking machining so provision would be a great asset to us and to the Humber region.”

Addressing the recent national news coverage stating that many young people do not have the skills required for the world of work, Mick commented: “We know that there are still issues with this and unfortunately it’s something we see a little too often.  That said, we do a lot of work in education with a view to finding those diamonds we know exist.”




Skills Pledge Good News Story Nightel and Hampton by Hilton at Humberside Airport

As a new sign-up to the Skills Pledge, Samantha Cook, Sales Manager at Nightel and the new Hampton by Hilton at Humberside Airport, was keen to engage further with the Skills Pledge.

Sam is currently working with Scunthorpe Jobcentre and North Lindsey College to up-skill unemployed people in hospitality, using the sector based work academy model, to enable a group of 10 to undertake ‘World Host’ training.

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Humber Entrants at the World Skills Show 2016

Taking place at the Birmingham NEC between 17 to 19 November, over 72,000 people are expected to turn out to visit employers, training providers, the National Careers Service and the National Apprenticeship Service and to witness the wide array of skills competitions taking place.

High-quality apprenticeships in more than 170 industries are being showcased at this year’s skills show.

Taking place over 3 days from Thursday 17 November at the NEC in Birmingham, experts from the National Apprenticeship Service will be talking to thousands of people about the opportunities apprenticeships have to offer.

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Shield Security Services (Yorkshire) Ltd have been a supporter of the Skills Pledge since June 2015, supporting employability, work experience and apprenticeships.

Managing Director David Frank says;

“I personally did not do very well at school.  I had always wanted to join the army but didn’t have anything else I could do and luckily I managed to join the army.  During a weekend’s assessment course at Sutton Coldfield I was able to convince a panel of army recruiters to give me a chance.  Even if it was just in the infantry!

I joined the army straight from school at 15/16 years old as a junior soldier and had to carry out one week military skills and one week military education for the two years until I was old enough to join the regular army.  This military skills and education gave me the platform to catch up on things I had not completed during my school years.

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Abigail’s Springboard Story

“Lorraine from Springboard found me as they were looking for Graduates that were unemployed to help them to get into work or internships.
Before Springboard I was being placed into different work experiences with the Job Centre and I had found one of the Graduate placements myself.
Springboard helped me find different jobs to apply for which I had not previously seen, helped me to apply for jobs both online and in person. They helped me with confidence in different situations and Lorraine arranged work experience in the area in which I wanted to work, with the Environment Team at North Lincolnshire Council.


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Jordan talks about his apprenticeship with the Skills Pledge Employer ‘On Marketing’

‘I’m Jordan, an 18 year old Digital Marketing Apprentice working at ON Marketing based in Scunthorpe. ON Marketing is a rapidly growing full service marketing agency carrying out a broad spectrum of marketing services for regional and national clients.jordan-hill

I originally enrolled into college studying business and IT and soon realised that college wasn’t for me. I didn’t feel challenged in my subjects and working a part time job on the side took up a lot of my time. I wanted something where I would be constantly on my toes and earn money at the same time, and an apprenticeship seemed like the perfect opportunity!


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Ability IT’s long term commitment to Work Experience

ability_final_1-03With over 15 years’ experience in the IT support services industry in Hull, Ability IT have gained a strong reputation for IT service, IT consultancy and managed IT in Hull since 2000.  They’ve also gained a strong reputation for providing quality, engaging work experience opportunities to young people throughout the area.

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100 Pledges in 100 Days Campaign Launch


The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) introduced The Skills Pledge in 2013, aiming to provide employers with a one stop shop when it comes to supporting their current and future workforce.  Since its inception, a total of 373 organisations from across the Humber have supported the campaign which won national acclaim at last years Adult Learners Week awards.

Monday October 3rd marks the launch of a new campaign, with the aim of signing up 100 additional supporters to this already successful programme.  Organisations are asked to either sign up individual pledges, or request to find out more information about each one.

To read more, click here

To view coverage of the launch on Estuary TV, visit and skip to 6m 53s


BBC Education and Springboard

BBC News were so impressed with the Springboard and Skills Pledge Campaign, they came to North East Lincolnshire to film young people attending a Job Club to find out a little more about the valuable work done in the area.
Branwen Jeffreys, Education Correspondent, was looking at a story about Grammar Schools, and the effect of the new Government initiative to bring them back, with Lincolnshire still having Grammar Schools, how does this work? They went on to talk about what happens to young people who do not gain the all important A-Cs including English and Maths. This is where the Springboard support helps to gain the literacy, numeracy, and more importantly, hand –holds young people into their sustainable employment or further education.

To read more, including a series of short case studies from the Springboard team in North East Lincolnshire, click here.



Inspiring day to get girls thinking about their future in engineering!

The annual ‘Girls into Engineering’ Day organised at Wilberforce Sixth Form College, in partnership withGirls-14 UKSTEM and Withernsea High School, was even bigger and better than in previous years, with more pupils and companies in attendance than ever before. Sixty girls in years nine and ten from seven different schools including Malet Lambert, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Bridlington Headlands School, Kelvin Hall and Withernsea High School attended this inspiring, fun and practical day on Wednesday 13th July.

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Spencer Group – Work Experience & Apprenticeships

Jamie Hartley, Chris Smith, Courtney Smith, Phil Kirkwood

Jamie Hartley, Chris Smith, Courtney Smith, Phil Kirkwood

The Spencer Group’s commitment to developing work experience placements and apprenticeships has seen us deliver work experience to seven people throughout the summer of 2016. Work experience placements have been delivered in our design team where Harry Cooke, Miles Litten, Daniel King and Nadia Peacham have all undertaken one month placements.


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Another Apprentice gets to Work

FullSizeRenderAfter receiving a very positive enquiry regarding an apprenticeship, M B Roche & Sons Ltd  contacted the candidate to arrange a very informal interview to assess his suitability.  Following the interview it was decided to offer Louis a two week work experience placement arranged through CITB and bconstructive.  This was to see if civil engineering and construction was for him but equally to see how he would fit into our family run business.

Following an extremely successful two week work experience during which Louis showed great enthusiasm and interest the company decided to offer him a full apprenticeship in General Construction and Highways Maintenance.


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Skills Pledge Campaign scoops National Award – One Year On

One year ago, the Humber LEP was awarded the NIACE President’s Award for it’s Skills Pledge Campaign at an event to celebrate Adult Learners Week.

Whilst members of the team and the wider partnership were there to receive the award, it was done on behalf of each and every one of our Skills Pledge sign-ups, our network of partners and our community and residents as a whole.

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Employers acting on apprenticeships to build for the future

Martyn Cray and Lisa Hall of Swift Group with candidate Tom Pearson of Sutton, Hull.

Martyn Cray and Lisa Hall of Swift Group with candidate Tom Pearson of Sutton, Hull.

Leading employers throughout the Humber region are waking up to the opportunities offered by apprenticeships when it comes to replacing their aging workforces.

Major businesses from both sides of the Humber set out to recruit around 100 young people as Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) held open days in Hull and Scunthorpe for young people who leave school this summer.

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Success in the Kitchen

Devil's Kitchen 2Thursday 26th May saw 50+ guests from the business world enjoy an evening of devilish delight at the Holiday Inn, Hull Marina.

16 young people on the Springboard programme, a programme linked to the Humber LEP went head to head in a true Hull versus East Riding battle. All in the name of the Smile Foundation a local charity whose aim is to see other charities and projects in Hull and East Yorkshire become more successful.

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First Humber Gold Standards Awarded


The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is pleased to announce the first three organisations who have been awarded the Humber Gold Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). The Gold Standard which is jointly funded by Deflog V Q, Trust and the Humber LEP has been designed for 11-19 schools, academies, colleges and providers in the Humber. There are currently 50 organisations working through the assessments to achieve the Gold Standard.

The three organisations to achieve the Gold Standard are;

East Riding College
Frederick Gough School
Wilberforce Sixth Form College


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Skills Centre PLUS and partners deliver during National Apprenticeship Week

Skills Centre PlusSkills Centre PLUS in partnership with HETA and Stoneacre Motor group put on an exciting mix of activities for Students from The St Lawrence Academy (TSLA) during Apprenticeship week.


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Second Award in 2 weeks for Care Plus Group Employability Team

Two members of the Care Plus Group Employability Team were recognised at the Health Education England Talent for Care Awards which took place in Leeds last week. Sharon Stead, Employability Services Manager and Laura Robinson, Trainee Admin Assistant were both highly commended at the awards. The event was held at the Leeds Beckett University hosted by Health Education England on the 18th of March and show cased talent across the Yorkshire and Humber Region.Sharon Stead

Sharon Stead received her highly commended recognition in the Leadership Award category, which is aimed at any colleagues who deserve to be celebrated for their continuing leadership and innovation, as well as the positive impact they have had in relation to the healthcare support staff education and training agenda.


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Partnership Invests in Future Workforce

11 March 2016: Visit by students from the Hull FC Foundation to ARCO NDC where they were given a tour and had mock job interviews. Picture: Sean Spencer/Hull News & Pictures Ltd 01482 772651/07976 433960 based safety experts Arco have been continuing their work with Hull FC Community Foundation, proving that they are both playing a vital part when it comes to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)’s Skills Pledge Campaign.

The Skills Pledge Campaign encourages organisations to support the current and future workforce with pledges including supporting the development of employability skills, investing in increasing the skills of the workforce and offering Apprenticeships or Traineeships. Arco have been committed to the pledge since early in 2014 and since has developed a strong relationship with Hull FC Community Foundation, running three successful events to date.


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Care Plus Group’s Employability Services awarded Best Employer support for Apprenticeships

Employability%20Award%20winCare Plus Group’s Employability Services have won the Best Employer Support for Apprenticeships Award at the Skills for Care Accolades awards 2015/2016. The awards, which took place on 10th March in Birmingham, celebrate outstanding organisations that deliver best practices within adult social care. The Best Employer Support for Apprenticeships award shows an employer’s commitment to the apprenticeship programme whilst delivering high quality care and development.

Sharon Stead, Employability Services Manager at Care Plus Group and Regional Apprenticeship Ambassador explained:
‘Care Plus Employability Services are extremely honoured and proud to have had received this award. They continue to deliver high quality services with ambition and determination to support North East Lincolnshire to fill the health and social care skills gap.

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Humber careers boost as company matches businesses with schools

CEcoBusinesses and senior leadership teams at schools are being matched up to inspire pupil career choices by the Careers and Enterprise Company.

The company acts like a matching agency to help develop a relationship between a school/college and business that will help to inspire young people and help them to prepare for and take control of their futures.

An event for schools and businesses is being held on March 22, from 8.30-10.30am at the Mercure Hotel in Willerby.  If you are a business or education provider in Hull or the East Riding and would like to know more, or if you would like to book on the March 22 event, you can speak to Kerrie Jaquest  on 01482 615205 or

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Malet Lambert School does National Careers Week


Malet Lambert School in Hull have been huge supporters of National Careers Week (NCW) since it’s inception, with Assistant Head Stephen Logan acting as a Regional Ambassador for the campaign.

NCW is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.


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Pledge-o-meter and Events Map live for National Apprenticeship Week 2016

Pledge-o-meterAn online tool for businesses to share their apprenticeship and traineeship pledges in the run up to National Apprenticeship Week is now live.

The Pledge-o-meter is designed to record the commitments employers make to take on apprentices and trainees, with commitments pledged from now and until the end of National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

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Princess Royal Training AwardsPrincess Royal Training Awards

The Princess Royal Training Award is a prestigious new awards programme for employers designed by the City & Guilds Group, a leader in global skills development.

Free to enter, it is the one award that can give organisations of all sizes and from all sectors, recognition for successfully linking skills development needs to business performance.  Unlike other awards, the Princess Royal Training Awards recognise the achievement of a standard of excellence rather than selecting overall winners.  It provides a unique opportunity to be publicly recognised for your  approach to learning and development and its impact on your business.

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