Tuesday 4th July 2017

Schools and businesses commended for employability support

Schools and employers from across the county have officially been awarded new Charter status by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for their work in helping to improve the employability skills of young people in Dorset.

The Dorset Employability Charter scheme, which is run by the Dorset Young People Forum on behalf of Dorset LEP, encourages education providers and employers to work together to help prepare young people for the world of work and equip them with the necessary skills, attitudes, experience and motivation.

To obtain charter status, schools and employers must show evidence of working together on a range of topics such as providing young people with the opportunity to discuss their future career aspirations with employers, highlighting the different opportunities that come from being employed, self-employed and entrepreneurship, and providing information about current and future labour market trends.

A special award ceremony was held at Bournemouth University to officially recognise those who have achieved Charter status. Speaking at the ceremony, Chair of Dorset LEP Gordon Page said: “The Dorset Employability Charter forms part of the LEP’s commitment to raising the aspirations, employability and entrepreneurial capability of Dorset’s young people.

The scheme is helping to better connect education providers and employers to prepare our young people for work thus helping to improve well-being and economic prosperity in Dorset.” Caroline Foster, Chair of Dorset Young People’s Forum said: “We believe that every young person has an entitlement to excellent careers, advice, work experience, knowledge of all the opportunities available as well as the skills needed to gain employment and contribute to the economy be it in Dorset or beyond.  

These awards shine a light on the excellent work and outstanding practice being carried out by education providers and employers across the county.”

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