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Vocational Training

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many businesses in (a) the London Borough of Bexley, (b) London and (c) England have signed the Skills Pledge. (253916)

The Skills Pledge is a voluntary, public commitment by employers to support their employees to develop their basic skills, including literacy and numeracy, and work towards relevant, valuable qualifications to at least level 2 (equivalent to five good GCSEs).

Since the launch of the Skills Pledge in June 2007 we have made excellent progress. The latest published figures up until November 2008, show that 12 organisations in the London borough of Bexley; 2,008 organisations in the London LSC region and 10,295 organisations in England have made the Skills Pledge. Please note that these figures include both public and private organisations.