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North West businesses must sign the skills pledge

Ian Pearson, Minister for Science and Innovation met with CBI members in Chester today to encourage companies to invest in the skills of their employees by making the Skills Pledge.

The Skills Pledge, launched in June this year by the Prime Minister, is a voluntary commitment from an employer to support all their employees to improve their skills and gain qualifications.

Ian Pearson said: “With Government and business working together we can secure the nation's future. In an ever more competitive global economy we must enable our citizens to rise as far as their talents will take them.

"But we can only achieve our ambitions in partnership and I am please that many more employers are becoming involved in the development and funding of training through National Skills Academies.”

The National Skills Academy for Construction site is in Wythenshawe, Manchester and is the first in a fleet of mobile training centres to be established on-site at major construction projects throughout the UK.

The Government aims to have 12 national skills academies up and running by 2008.

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