The Lancashire Skills Pledge pilot was launched at a breakfast event at the Marriott Hotel in Preston.
The Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub event was attended by Lancashire businesses, providers of education and training, and representatives from a range of skills projects.
The Lancashire Skills Pledge recognises the commitment of Lancashire-based businesses to growing talent and skills – both in their own workforce but also by working with young people progressing through the education system and by supporting unemployed Lancashire residents to gain meaningful employment.
By signing up to the pledge, businesses gain recognition, but are also signposted to organisations to support them to achieve the different elements of the pledge.
Businesses will also instantly find out about new skills and employment programmes as they become available that will benefit their business.
The keynote speakers at the event included businesses that have engaged and have benefited from a range of skills and employment programmes, and highlighted the benefits to their businesses.
Speakers included Joanne Pickering, Director of HR, Training and Quality from Forbes Solicitors; Kevin Hutchinson, Head of Employment and Skills, Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Framework from Balfour Beatty; and Becky Toal, Managing Director from Crowberry Consulting.
Joanne Pickering said: “I would really encourage local employers to sign up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge. Through the pledge you can access support from a range of local providers to help you develop your skills and talent to the benefit of your business.
“I would also highly recommend apprenticeships as a way of developing your workforce.”