Monday, November 17, 2008

News: Rotherham council sign skills pledge


Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council were congratulated by John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Rosie Winterton, Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber, for their commitment to improving skills of their workforce, at a regional Skills Pledge celebration event in Leeds. Rotherham is one of six councils that lead the way by making the Government's Skills Pledge, a public commitment to supporting the skills development of all their employees to a minimum of NVQ Level 2 (the equivalent of five good GCSEs). Commenting on the commitment, Skills Secretary John Denham, said: "These are difficult times but, with a better skilled and qualified workforce, we will be well placed to sustain the living standards and quality of public services we all want. "By making the Skills Pledge, local authorities are showing important leadership to other employers - and taking a vital step towards getting the best from their employees, ensuring the talents of all are recognised, valued and developed to the full." The pledge is a commitment by employers to help drive the business forwards by training its employees. The employer will receive impartial advice from the Government's Train to Gain service to help them fulfil the pledge. Last year, more than 500 employers in Yorkshire & the Humber signed up. Other Rotherham based employers signing the pledge include the Corus Brinsworth Strip Mill, RCAT, Rotherham NHS, develop-u and Pyronix.

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