How & Why
The Employability Charter was brought about as a direct result of the Hull Building Schools for the Future Programme and the desire from Hull City Council and those behind the building programme to ensure a legacy in skills and training was left. It had become apparent that, whilst a lot of good work is already done on the subject of employability, the City’s future workforce was lacking in many of the key skills that employers look for when recruiting. It was with this in mind that the group behind the Employability Charter began to look to businesses to get involved, after all, they are the future employers of the City’s young people.
Since it’s inception in Autumn 2012, the Employability Charter has been adopted into Humber-wide plans to help position not only the young people of Hull but those of the whole Humber sub-region with the skills they need to take this area from strength to strength.
What is the Employability Charter
Putting it simply, the Employability Charter is nothing more than a commitment. Businesses are asked to sign up to the Charter in order to recognise the work that is being done alongside education providers to embed employability skills. Many companies already work with schools, colleges and universities delivering tried and tested programmes but we firmly believe that there is an opportunity for every business to get involved. You may be able to offer an internship or work experience placement, showcase your business in a careers day or assist with mock interviews.
The team behind the Employability Charter are able to facilitate the links between businesses and education providers, finding the most appropriate matches.
What are Employability Skills
The following employability skills have been defined by business and in collaboration with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) as essential attributes which individuals require in addition to formal academic achievement:
- Self – management
- Business and customer awareness
- Problem solving
- Communication and literacy
- Application of numeracy
- Application of information technology