Launched by the Skills Envoy, Sir Digby Jones, the pledge hopes to ensure that all staff are ‘skilled, competent and able to make a full contribution to the business’.
Employers that make a commitment to the Skills Pledge will have access to a skills broker, who can assess the company’s training needs and help the employer produce an action plan that will set out contributions from the state, the employer and the individual.
Government funding is available through the Learning and Skills Council’s Train to Gain service, to enable businesses to provide staff with the opportunity to acquire a national Level 2 qualification (equivalent to five GCSEs).
Having already committed the IMI to the Skills Pledge, Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive, said: “In the same way that the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme is actively promoting and recognising the importance of technical skills and current competence, the Skills Pledge is an ideal opportunity for employers to harness expertise, support and funding to assist a business in moving forward from a holistic perspective.
"I would encourage company bosses to look at what’s on offer and make that commitment.”
Sir Digby Jones, UK Skills Envoy, said: “I warmly congratulate all employers who have led the way by making the Skills Pledge.
"By taking this step, you are showing other employers that, by investing in the skills of your people, you are investing in your business. At the same time, you are helping the UK seize the opportunity that globalisation presents, enabling us to compete in the brutally competitive world economy of the future."