CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, is one of the first high profile logistics companies to sign the UK Governments Skills Pledge at an event in Westminster.
By making the Skills Pledge, CEVA promises to train its staff to at least a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification the equivalent of five GCSEs.
Nick Cullen, Managing Director, CEVA Logistics UK & Ireland, commented: I am delighted to sign the Skills Pledge for CEVA Logistics, demonstrating our commitment to training. Developing the skills of our team will benefit the individuals involved, CEVA Logistics and the operations we manage on behalf of our customers.
The UK Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships Lord Young, at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, said: Its great to see that businesses are really moving forward and giving their workforce the chance to prosper and get on. The Skills Pledge is really gaining impetus and the more organisations that get involved, the greater the chance our people, our companies and our communities will prosper against this tough economic backdrop. By making the Skills Pledge, employers are recognising each and every employee helping to shape a better future for them and their business. We are calling for even more organisations to get involved and make a difference; especially in these challenging economic times. Now - more than ever skilling up your workforce so theyre more adaptable is critical to ensuring your business is resilient.
The Skills Pledge was launched by the UK Government in June 2007 in response to the Leitch Review of Skills which claimed the UK is on track to achieve undistinguished mediocrity if it fails to upgrade the skills of its workforce by 2020. Since then almost 11,000 organisations and companies have made the Pledge covering five million employees. Hilary Chadwick, Director of the Learning and Skills Councils National Employer Service, which specialises in funding and supporting large companies such as CEVA Logistics said: Im delighted that CEVA has made a public commitment to training. It makes me confident that even in a tough business climate; large employers see how developing the skills of their people is an investment in their future productivity and competitiveness.