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Vocational Training

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many businesses in (a) West Chelmsford constituency, (b) London and (c) England have signed the skills pledge. (261807)

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 available figures up until December 2008, show that 13 organisations in the West Chelmsford constituency, 2,141 organisations in the London LSC region and 11,266 organisations in England have made the Skills Pledge. Please note that these figures include both public and private organisations.