Lancashire Business View has joined 250 organisations across the county in committing to supporting skills and training.
Our company is just the latest to sign up to the Skills Pledge, created by the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub. To join the pledge, members must commit to at least one of eight actions - which they are either already undertaking or willing to begin.
The pledges include: volunteering an hour to schools and colleges to help young people get ready for the working world, recruiting an apprentice or becoming an apprenticeship ambassador, prioritising recruiting Lancashire people and upskilling yout workforce, providing work experience or industry placements and offering places to university students.
In return, the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub offers a wealth of free support to help organisations attract a future talent pipeline, recruit staff, upskill their workforce or simply inspire and support the next generation.
This tailored support includes help securing up to £3,000 of funding for apprenticeship placements, funded skills bootcamps across a variety of sectors and access to a wide variety of support from an established network of peers.
Stephen Bolton, managing director of Lancashire Business View, said: “Signing the pledge is a win-win situation. We all have a responsibility to support great initiatives such as these that help benefit the wider community. At the same time, the commitment benefits our own organisation by helping us builder a stronger, more capable team.
“We’ve enjoyed fostering a strong partnership with the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub over the years and signing the pledge was the natural next step.”
Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, director of the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub, said: “We are delighted that Lancashire Business View has signed up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge and is supporting some great work in inspiring the next generation in schools.
“We hope that this will inspire more business in the county to sign up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge and find out how they can gain support to inspire their next generation of talent, take on an apprentice, upskill their workforce or offer work experience/ industry placements to young people or university students or just give a short amount of time to visit a local school and promote their business or sector.”
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