Programme sets standard for employability

Programme sets standard for employability

The Hull College Group Employability Passport, which aims to produce work-ready young people to support the region’s economy, has become the first scheme of its kind to be validated by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The LEP has worked with the region’s education providers and businesses, to set a standard framework for employability passports, based on the seven key employability skills defined by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Hull College Group is the first skills and training provider to adapt its employability passport to achieve the new Humber LEP standard, and is focused on equipping students with key employability skills, which are:

  • Self-management.
  • Teamwork.
  • Business and customer awareness.
  • Problem solving.
  • Communication and literacy.
  • Application of numeracy.
  • Application of digital technology.
    • The programme has a high success rate so far, with 91% of students progressing to employment or further study within six months of completing their course.

      Andy Crossland, a member of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Board and chief executive of the Humber Learning Consortium, said: “The Humber LEP has gained a national reputation for its focus on skills and I’m delighted Hull College has become the first institution in the region to achieve the LEP kitemark for its employability skills provision.

      “Working so closely with the region’s businesses, colleges, training providers and university helps us to understand the needs of employers and work with our partners to create a Humber way of working to meet their needs.”

      Hull College Group chief executive Gary Warke MBE, said: “We are proud to be the first training and skills provider in the Humber to align the development of students’ employability skills to the nationally-recognised CBI criteria and the first to gain validation from the Humber LEP.

      “Employability is at the core of Hull College Group’s culture and curriculum. We are fully focused on equipping students with the core skills to make them work-ready and the personal and professional capabilities for fulfilling careers.”

      Hull College Group’s Employability Passport has been delivered to all full-time students aged 16 to 18 since September 2013. In September 2015 Hull College Group launched a new version of the programme, across Hull, Goole and Harrogate colleges, with an enhanced focus on the development of employability skills, to meet the new LEP standard.


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