Employability Chartermark Business Launch
The High Sheriff of Bristol, the Mayor and Master of the Merchant Venturers along with other prominent business people and organisations attended the launch to business of the Employability Chartermark held at Merchants' Hall on the 19th June 2013.
Launch of the Employability Chartermark to business
The Chartermark will be awarded to businesses that invest in, commit to and help deliver work readiness in young people, in partnership with education providers across the West of England.
The development of the Employability Chartermark has come about because of the consistent message emerging from business of the need to improve the employability of young people entering the labour market at all levels, from school, college and indeed university. Crucially it is not about qualifications but about other skills and attributes a young person needs to land his or her first job.
The simple but ambitious task of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership is to foster the growth of the economy and in particular jobs and one of the LEP’s explicit objectives is to deliver “a well- motivated workforce with the skills to meet business need”.
The Employability Chatermark will help achieve this aim and provide employers of all sizes and capacity across all sectors the opportunity to be recognised for the work they already do or give them the opportunity to engage more within their local community.
Through the Employability Chartermark businesses will have the opportunity to:
- Raise their profile
- Promote the business to future employees and customers
- Support staff development (‘Volunteering is a proven cost effective option for your staff development needs’ Volunteering – The Business Case, April 2010)
- Talent spot potential future employees
- Support Corporate Social Responsibility policy
The Chartermark is currently being piloted with four schools including one special school, two colleges and one university. They are Brislington Enterprise College, Merchants Academy, New Fosseway, Redland Green School, City of Bath College, South Gloucester and Stroud College and Bath Spa University and they are all committed to the work readiness of their young people ensuring that their students are work-ready.
So far sixteen more education providers across the West of England have expressed an interest and have signed up for September start. This is where we need the support of business to join our Employability Chartermark for Business pilot from this coming September, either to work with the education providers who have signed up or to have current work that you already do with education locally recognised.