06 September 2010
The first Skills Jersey Awards will be presented at 5pm on Wednesday 8 September 2010 at the Radisson Hotel in St Helier.
Skills Jersey was formed in 2008 and includes the Skills Executive, which brings together the Ministers of Economic Development, Education, Sport and Culture (ESC) and Social Security, supported by an industry-led Skills Board. The Skills Jersey award scheme was introduced earlier this year and a total of 32 companies have qualified in the 4 categories of:
The chairman of the Skills Executive for 2010 is the Minister of ESC, Deputy James Reed, and he will be awarding certificates to companies who have:
- shown a significant commitment to training and development for their workforce
- created employment opportunities for people with disabilities or special needs
- helped young people through participation in Trident and other work experience schemes
Deputy Reed is delighted with the success of the scheme. "At least 14 companies have qualified for the Platinum award, which is a fair indication of the level of commitment to skills development in the Island. In these difficult economic times it is really encouraging that employers are recognising the need to ensure that local people have the right skills for the future.
"I would like to thank the many companies that have actively participated in the scheme and given our young people the opportunity to experience work first hand.
"I would also like to congratulate the companies who have won an award and hope that we can encourage more to support the scheme and demonstrate their commitment to the development and training of the Island’s current and future workforce."