Deloitte partners with Pearson to expand its £2 million employability skills programme
The national programme teaches students across the UK vital employability skills.

Fuente:   Fecha:  06.10.2011

Deloitte partners with Pearson to expand its £2 million employability skills programme

LONDON -- Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has partnered with Pearson, the world’s leading education company, to expand Deloitte’s £2 million award winning Employability Skills Programme. The national programme teaches students across the UK vital employability skills, helping them learn and demonstrate the capabilities and attitude that help them succeed in the job market and make an immediate contribution to their employers.

Job readiness or employability has long been a concern for companies. According to a recent survey by CBI/EDI, many companies found school and college leavers lack important employability skills, with 69% saying they have inadequate business and customer awareness, and over half (55%) experiencing weaknesses in school leavers’ personal-management skills. 10 years ago Deloitte decided to intervene with practical help. The Deloitte employability course addresses the skills gap by providing training directly relevant to work based situations and providing students with a nationally recognised Deloitte/Pearson qualification. This is reinforced by the results of a recent survey, which found that 92% of trainers on the employability course felt that students who participated in the programme feel more secure about gaining employment since starting the course.

To date the programme has trained over 600 college tutors, and more than 20,000 students have completed the course. The ultimate measure of success with any employability programme is in its ability to get people into jobs or, understanding the job market better, to decide to enhance their educational qualifications for a higher level job in the future. A review of the programme last year showed that 89% of students who completed the Deloitte course went on to full-time employment, or full-time education at a higher level.

Heather Hancock, managing partner, talent and brand at Deloitte, said: “As an employer ourselves, and listening to the experiences and concerns of our thousands of clients, we felt we could and should do something practical to tackle the concern about young people’s readiness for work. Deloitte has invested heavily in creating the Employability Skills Programme and we’re very proud to have already supported so many thousands of young people. The course makes a difference. It gives young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, an understanding of what will be expected of them in the workplace and the skills they need to succeed and prosper in the workplace.”

We could see the potential to help more young people, especially as the job market gets tougher, but to achieve that needed the right partner in the education sector. We’re delighted that Pearson, with their outstanding global reputation in education, share our vision. Our new partnering relationship means we can spread the benefits of Deloitte Employability even more widely.”

Lord Baker, Baker-Dearing Educational Trust, said: “Good employability skills are vital to the success of UK business. I am delighted to see Deloitte taking a proactive approach and making such a strong commitment to tackling this issue. The employability skills initiative makes a vital contribution to ensuring young people gain sustainable employment and contribute to economic growth. I therefore think that it is fantastic that they are now partnering with Pearson to expand this successful initiative.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK said: “We live in a knowledge economy where having the right skills and understanding is vital if you want to be successful in your chosen career. Our partnership with Deloitte will mean that even more people will now have the opportunity to learn the vital workplace skills that businesses tell us that they want their employees to have. We are really excited to be working with Deloitte to provide a recognised BTEC qualification that will help people make progress in their lives.”

The Deloitte Employability Skills Programme is different from many other courses in that it utilises an experiential approach to learning.

The key objectives of the employability skills course are:

• To build the self-esteem and self-awareness of learners;

• To enable learners to experience the reality of life in the work place;

• To develop the attitudes and behaviours required in the workplace; and

• To develop learners’ interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills and team working skills.

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Abigail Lennon, an Employability Student from Bradford College, said: “I discovered the Deloitte Employability Programme through college, and am very pleased I took the course, as it has helped me gain and develop new skills such as team working, communicating, presenting, money management, anger management, problem solving and customer care skills to name a few.

“As a result of the Deloitte Employability Skills Programme, I can now fill out a job application form confidently and relate my experiences on the programme to the type of job I am applying for. The programme also gave me an insight into how a workplace operates, which is something I had not experienced before. I am now confident to start my first job.”

The Deloitte employability course is currently delivered in over 100 FE Colleges across the UK and led by 9 UK-wide Deloitte Employability Centres: Belfast Metropolitan College, Blackpool & the Fylde College together with South Cheshire College, Bradford College, City College Norwich, City & Islington College, Cornwall College, Solihull College, the University of Aberdeen and Yale College, Wrexham.