Top businesses sign up to the Crewe Pledge

The following press release was issued on behalf of the Crewe Youth Employment Partnership which is achieving some fantastic results in Crewe. If your business wants to become involved please read the release below and see the invite available via this link.

MORE than 100 people from businesses and other organisations are set to sign up to a new initiative promising Crewe’s young people a brighter future.

Crewe Pledge, a scheme forging closer links between youngsters and employers, will be officially launched at South Cheshire College on Friday.

Former headteacher Trevor Langston, who is helping to steer the project, said: “Local employers are in a unique position to influence the way in which young people are prepared for work.

“Crewe Pledge invites all business people to attend the launch of this major new initiative which supports the development of local young people whilst providing businesses with enthusiastic and innovative employees of the future.

“All businesses, be they small or large, experienced in working with young people or new to the idea and wanting to get involved, are encouraged to attend and commit to the Crewe Pledge.”

Friday morning will be an opportunity to commit to the scheme which states: “Businesses in Crewe will work together with the aim of providing every young person living, studying or working in Crewe with the opportunity to develop employability related skills and personal qualities whilst in education and then a choice of a job, training or further education opportunity when they leave.”

Businesses will be joined by pupils and staff from Crewe’s secondary schools as well as Reaseheath and South Cheshire Colleges, Manchester Metropolitan University, Total People, South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council. All have all worked together as a partnership to get the Pledge established.

Trish Sangster, of Virgin Trains in Crewe which is already involved, said: “At Virgin Trains we know that we need to invest in our future. Young people are that future and the Crewe Pledge is an amazing example of all sectors working together to promote best practice in supporting the next generation.”

And Jamie Stewart, owner of Bumblebee Digital, also involved, said: "Taking on apprentices has helped our business in many ways, but it's the energy and enthusiasm they bring with them that can transform a business.  The Crewe Pledge is a fantastic opportunity to help develop stronger relationships between young talent and employers in the town.”

Many businesses are also bringing with them to the launch of Crewe Pledge representatives from their company who have recently left school or college in Crewe and have already made an impression in their chosen career within town businesses.

These include those undertaking apprentices and other training programmes as well as those who have completed apprentices and are now in full-time permanent employment.

The Pledge is unique in England and has attracted interest from other towns. Businesses can sign up between 8.15 and 9am on Friday at South Cheshire College.

They can book by contacting Trevor Langston at South Cheshire Chamber on 01270 504700 or 07595 496400.

They can also email [email protected].

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