A firm pledge to work with youth
A SCHEME to help young people in East Yorkshire get a boost into employment has been launched.
Businesses and education leaders from around the region gathered at the Exchange, in Alfred Gelder Street, to hear about the Employability Charter.
The charter's aim is to get businesses across East Yorkshire working in partnership with education institutions to help the region's young people gain the necessary skills prospective employers are looking for. This is set to help them make a bold step on to the career ladder.
Sam Whitaker, chief executive of Esteem, one of the charter's founding members, said: "We want to make a difference to the lives of young people.
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"We need education providers and businesses to sign up and formalise their commitment."
The Hull Employability Charter forms a part of the forthcoming Future Hull campaign, which has a three year target to get more young people into employment, by linking business with education to develop key employability skills in the future workforce.
Mr Whitaker said: "We need them to work in partnership and we believe this combination of education and business can have a positive impact on how young people view education and the world of work.
"The Charter formalises a commitment to develop employment skills in Hull's young people."
Businesses have already began to sign up to the charter. One of these is the Sewell Group, which launched its skills academy last year to help youngsters learn construction skills.
Stephen Dam, of Sewell Group, said: "We developed the skills academy to address the rising unemployment levels.
"Hull seems to have been hit worse than other places, so we felt we had an obligation to do something about it."
The academy is now on target to see 1,000 young people through its doors this year.
Kerrie Jaquest, of Humber Education Business Partnership, said the charter was for a range of businesses to get involved, whatever size and whatever area they focus on.
She said: "There is a need to bring the world of work and education together.
"We want businesses to sign up to the charter and engage in education.
"Any business can get involved. We need a breadth of employers on board."
Mr Whitaker said that businesses working with educational institutions in the region can help young people learn a number of employability skills including self management, team work and problem solving.
He said: "It is about helping in any way you can and making a difference."
Call Kerrie Jaquest or Ann Newlove on 01482 330687.
Visit www.employability charter.co.uk