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First Employers to Achieve Employability Chartermark

N-Gaged and Knightstone Housing become the first employers to achieve the Employability Chartermark.

N-Gaged Training and Recruitment Ltd and Knightstone Housing have become the first employers to achieve the Employability Chartermark. This new initiative, developed by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, is in response to calls from employers for young people to be more work ready.

"Employers consistently tell us there is a need to improve the employability skills young people have so they enter the labour market better prepared for their first job." said Adam Powell, Director of Skills.

Working with business and education organisations the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership has developed the Employability Chartermark to address this gap. Following a successful pilot and roll out of the Employability Chartermark for Education the team are currently piloting a version for employers which will allow business organisations, no matter their size, an opportunity to achieve the Employability Chartermark. Activities employers can engage in include hosting workplace visits, being involved in employability activities in an education setting such as mock interviews, offering work experience opportunities and setting real life projects to develop our young peoples' employability skills.

N-Gaged and Knightstone Housing were praised for their commitment to, amongst others, developing effective and active links with schools, for example involving staff in attending mock interview sessions at a number of schools and offering a good induction and wide range of experiences for those students undertaking work experience. Their strong ethos of wanting to give something back to the community was also praised.

Simon Arnold, Managing Director of N-Gaged said "Working with young people and supporting the local labour market reflects the ethos of the company. N-Gaged staff enjoy providing advice and guidance and find the process very rewarding. Being a part of the Employability Chartermark has really helped us focus our activity and supported our own staff development."

Participation in the Employability Chartermark can produce tangible results for both business and education. Businesses have great opportunities for staff development in coaching, influencing, presentation and negotiation skills. Further benefits include an opportunity to talent spot and retain happier staff. Evidence tells us that allowing staff to volunteer can have a positive effect on staff retention, motivation and recruitment as well as business reputation, a win-win situation for any business.

Education also see benefits such as knowledge of job opportunities, access to more work experience, up to date information on career routes, support for employability skills including mock interviews, CV writing, workplace visits and other employer expectations of staff.

Young people have the benefit of developing their employability skills and gain an understanding of the worth of attributes they already have such as leadership skills, commitment and teamwork in the workplace. They also get the opportunity to expand their knowledge of job opportunities through engaging with employers on a regular basis.

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