Posted on May 3, 2013.

Welcome to the Employability Charter blog! We’ll be using this blog to keep you up to date with what we’re doing to link education with business, all in a bid to improve the employability skills of young people in our area.

We’ll be telling you about ways to get involved, about events and about examples of best practice we come across. We’ll also be featuring guest blogs from time to time so be sure to check back regularly.

So in case you don’t know what we’re about, let me tell you…

The Hull 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 Hull Employability Charter began to look to businesses to get involved, after all, they are the future employers of the City’s young people.

What is the Hull Employability Charter?
Putting it simply, the Hull 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.

So 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 young people require in addition to formal academic achievement – it’s these that we focus on:
•Self – Management
•Business and Customer Awareness
•Problem Solving
•Communication and literacy
•Application of numeracy
•Application of information technology