On Tuesday evening 22nd October we celebrated the success of the Employability Chartermark for Education pilot. Out of the seven education organisations who went through the process six have gained the Employability Chartermark for Education, with one asking for assessment at a later date.
'One consistent message we are getting from employers is the need to improve the employability of young people entering the labour market. It is not just about qualifications but other skills and attributes a young person needs to land his or her first job' said Jane Middleton, former Director of Skills, West of England LEP. 'The education organisations who formed the pilot have understood this need and have worked hard to help us develop a model that will deliver and support our young peoples' employability in the West of England.'
Mike Bothamley, soon to be Bristol's new High Sheriff awarded the certificates to the successful education organisations with forty people representing both education and business organisations in attendance many of whom have already committed to achieving the Employability Chartermark themselves.
The Employability Chartermark for Education was piloted with four schools including one special school, two colleges and one university. They were: Brislington Enterprise College, Merchants Academy, New Fosseway Special School, Redland Green School, City of Bath College, South Gloucester and Stroud College and Bath Spa University. Adam Powell, a member of the Employability Chartermark development group and Head of Enterprise & Local Partnerships, Bath Spa University said:
'Bath Spa University is delighted to be the first university to receive the Employability Chartermark. The initiative serves as useful developmental tool and provided external validation in relation to employability, reinforcing the success of measures the University has taken in recent years to support students' personal and professional career development. As well as recognising our industry-informed curriculum and excellent learning opportunities with employers, it was hugely beneficial and rewarding to work with a community of schools, colleges and businesses throughout the programme to support the skills and employability agenda across the West of England.'
Recognising Excellence, who are the assessors of Investors in People, assessed the pilot education organisations .Veronica Parsons, the assessor, stated that she was extremely impressed with the work occurring in the education establishments and hopes this can be replicated in businesses.
The logos for the new Employability Chartermark, revealed at this event, were very well received. The logos have been developed with Peloton, a local design agency based at The Paintworks.