Exeter International Airport was the venue for a mass skills pledge signing by regional transport companies
AS part of the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) vision to create a skilled workforce capable of matching any in the world, a Swindon-based luxury taxi firm has made a public commitment to training.
V Cars joined six other national and local companies signing the LSC’s Skills Pledge at an official ceremony held at Exeter International Airport, last week.
The event was hosted by no frills airline, Flybe, a company that signed the pledge last summer and has been fulfilling its commitment to training ever since. Representatives from Flybe, Go Skills and the LSC also witnessed the signing.
General Manager of V Cars, Dan Lane, with his company’s Skills Pledge Plaque.
General Manager of V Cars, Dan Lane, explained that with the help of LSC funding every member of his staff will be trained to at least NVQ level 2.
He said: “Our 500 drivers will take qualifications in road passenger transport and the 50 call centre staff will be doing a course in customer care and call centre management. We’re also hoping to fund some of the management team up to NVQ3 level.
“V Cars is a forward thinking company and for us this is the next step forward in maximising the potential of our workforce.”
Research shows that everyday 1.3 million people go to work without having had the necessary training and skills to do their job proficiently. The LSC believes the key to business success is a skilled and competent workforce. To achieve this, the LSC’s Train to Gain service offers employers impartial advice on training tailored to their business needs.
The Skills Pledge is the commitment made by a company or organisation to support all its employees develop their basic skills – including literacy and numeracy – and, funded by the LSC, to work towards achieving relevant valuable qualifications to at least NVQ Level 2, the equivalent of five GCSEs at grade A to C standard.
John Tempest, Director of Skills Development (Skills for Life) for the LSC said the signing had been an extremely significant event.
He said: “To achieve a better qualified workforce people need the skills that will allow them to be trained effectively.
“The importance of using the Skills Pledge to improve basic skills levels through training is a significant pointer to the priorities of the LSC in making sure we achieve much higher levels of literacy and numeracy in the working age population.
“In terms of what we are trying to achieve with the Skills Pledge I hope the mass signing we witnessed this week will send a positive signal to other regional employers.”
The eight companies making the commitment were: Stagecoach, First Group – on behalf of First Great Western Trains, taxi firms V Cars from Swindon and The Value Car Group from Salisbury, bus companies Webber Bus from Bridgwater and Chelston Leisure Services’ Dial-a-Bus from Torquay, and Exeter College.
All those companies will now be working with Train to Gain, which offers impartial and independent advice on matching a company’s training needs with relevant training providers and ensuring training is delivered to meet the needs of individual businesses.
Photos (by Bernie Pettersen)