Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership along with North West charity, Youth Fed have launched a £2.3 million programme to transform Cheshire and Warrington’s approach to careers development.
Partly funded from the European Social Fund (ESF), the Pledge Partnership will inspire, inform and communicate to ensure young people explore what opportunities are available to them, help them to make informed decisions and engage with local employers.
The Pledge will support hundreds of employers to work more closely with schools, colleges, charities, youth and community groups and reach up to 12,000 learners.
Over 200 employers, youth groups and education establishments from across Cheshire and Warrington attended the launch held at Alderley Park Conference Centre on Friday 21st June, to mark the start of the programme which builds on a pilot scheme that has been running successfully in Crewe, Macclesfield and Middlewich for the past 3 years. The funding will extend the programme creating an employer-led and governed network of 10 Pledge Partnerships covering all areas of Cheshire and Warrington. Each local Pledge will act as the glue between businesses, schools and young people, allowing them to connect at a local level, and identify pathways into their chosen careers whilst also helping businesses to build close relationships with their future workforce.