Lancashire Skills Pledge

How your business can benefit by investing in skills and training and contribute to the overall economic growth of Lancashire.

The Lancashire Skills Pledge seeks to support businesses by providing information and signposting to relevant initiatives locally and giving recognition to those who are already engaged.

The Skills Pledge portal provides one point of contact for you to find out more about skills and training initiatives and to record that commitment.

Pledging your commitment is simple; complete the form and you will receive an acknowledgement email. If you selected to find out more information someone from the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub or one of our partners will be in touch.

If you are already supporting initiatives in the region; complete the form so you can start to get the recognition from your hard work.

Employers who sign up to the pledge(s) will receive a certificate which can be displayed in your business.

The Pledge

By signing the pledge you are committing that you and your organisation will:

1. Upskill and train your staff

The benefits of upskilling and training your staff speak for themselves:

  • Upskilling and training your staff will improve productivity, morale and efficiency of your people
  • Develop future leaders for your business
  • Staff benefit from accredited and non-accredited training
  • Supports workforce and succession planning
  • By upskilling your staff, you reduce the number of incorrect orders, processing refunds or lost customers due to poor communication
  • It costs less to train existing staff than recruit new.

2. Take on an Apprentice

Taking on an Apprentice has a huge range of benefits for your business:

  • 80% of companies who invest in Apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention
  • 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive
  • 76% of those employers who employ Apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on Apprentices
  • 92% of employers who employ Apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 83% of employers who employ Apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.

3. Become an Employer Apprenticeship Ambassador / support an Apprentice to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador

Lancashire Apprentice Ambassador Network (LAAN) is part of a county-wide drive to increase training and employment opportunities for young people and improve skills.

Lancashire Employer Ambassadors are employers who want to promote the benefits of Apprenticeships to other employers and young people. They may even have been apprentices themselves and are passionate about their experiences. The role of an Ambassador includes:

  • Supporting and influencing key stakeholders including schools, colleges, employers and their supply chains, trade associations and employment bodies
  • Championing and supporting marketing, publicity and events to raise awareness of Apprenticeships and also mentoring other employers.

Apprenticeship Ambassadors are all either current Apprentices or former Apprentices who want to promote the benefits of taking part in the Apprenticeship programme to employers and other young people. They will speak about their experiences at schools, youth clubs and careers fairs and meet employers face to face to encourage them to take on Apprentices. The benefits include:

  • Providing prestige for your company
  • Raising awareness of your employer to young people and attract the next generation of Apprentices and employees to your employer
  • Being part of a network of employers across Lancashire and the North West who champion the Apprenticeship route
  • Expanding your network of contacts.

4. Support unemployed people into work

Would you be interested in supporting unemployed adults/young people in Lancashire to progress into employment, apprenticeships or training?

By offering work placements or volunteering opportunities, you can help people back into work. There are a range of projects available across the region which provide dedicated support to people with different barriers and needs. There are also projects that help you recruit employees or apprentices who are keen to develop the right skills to support objectives and achieve growth as well as providing pre-employment training.

Getting involved will support you with recruitment and reducing skills gaps in your business by providing pre-employment training to ensure you get people with the skills you need to drive your business growth.

5. Get involved in the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network

The Enterprise Adviser Network is a national network funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company and the LEPs. The Network connects schools, academies and colleges with employers and careers programme providers to work together to create meaningful encounters with the world of work for young people. In Lancashire, the Enterprise Adviser Network is delivered by Inspira on behalf of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

The network is based on evidence that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career. Not all educational institutions offer young people this kind of encounter, and unemployment among young people is three times higher than overall unemployment. Our focus is to address this gap by bringing together employers, schools and colleges, and careers programme providers to:

Give young people multiple opportunities to get to know the world of work, understand what work is, explore their options and build real confidence about their future
Bring the right people together to create powerful connections between employers and careers programme providers and schools and colleges in ways that put young people’s futures first.

By getting involved in the Lancashire Enterprise Advisor Network you can:

  • Use your experience and network to inspire young people and improve their chance of getting a job
  • Address skills gaps in the local and national job market
  • Deepen your connection to the local community
  • Build your company’s reputation
  • Develop your own interpersonal and strategy skills.

6. Offer work placements, work experience and internships

By offering work placements, work experience and internships to your business you will:

  • Raise awareness of your employer to young people including undergraduate and post graduate students and attract the next generation to your employer
  • Bring new ideas and knowledge to your business
  • Tap into specialist research and expertise
  • Develop future leaders for your business
  • Supports workforce and succession planning.

SKILLS SUPPORT

Looking for support with apprenticeships, funded training
or another type of skills support for your business?