Today (March 9, 2016) saw the formal launch of Wrexham’s 'employer pledge' – aimed at enhancing opportunities for employers and employees, and boosting economic development in the region.
Spearheaded by Wrexham Council, Employer Pledge Wrexham encourages businesses to make a commitment to develop skills and support young people and adults into work.
As part of the scheme, armed forces veterans will be offered work placements, and anyone leaving recognised employ-ability programmes will be guaranteed a job interview.
Businesses that sign-up will benefit from a programme of support.
As Wrexham responds to growth areas within its economy, it needs a sustainable, flexible and adaptable workforce - providing a skills-base that new and existing businesses can tap into.
Councillor Mark Pritchard, leader of Wrexham Council, said: “I'm delighted we've been able to make this exciting business collaboration a reality.
"By maximising the life-chances of young people and adults through employ-ability programmes, opening up opportunities for mentoring, work-experience and apprenticeships, we believe we can nurture, encourage and release their untapped potential."
Councillor Neil Rogers, who leads on economic development and regeneration for the council, added: “We're entering an exciting period in Wrexham’s economic development, with the opportunities being offered through the construction of HMP Berwyn - including quality construction and apprenticeship opportunities.
“We're seeing multi-million pound investment from existing companies, which shows a growing confidence in Wrexham as a great place to do business.”
Steve Jackson, regional managing director at Wates Living Space Maintenance, said: “As our industry’s skills-gap widens, it's vital we continue to create work experience opportunities for the local communities in which we operate.
"We're proud to be working in partnership with Wrexham Council on its Welsh Housing Quality Standard refurbishment programme, and through our involvement in the Wrexham employer pledge, we will endeavour to encourage promising new talent into the sector - whilst creating a sustainable economic boost for the area.”
Rhian Tilston, HR co-ordinator for the Flint Group, said:” As a global print and packaging organisation employing over 7,900 staff worldwide - including a highly successful site in Ruabon, Wrexham - Flint Group Ruabon is delighted to sign up to the Wrexham employer pledge.
"We're committed to nurturing fresh, new talent within our industry who will enhance our core values and provide our customers with high quality, innovative products - whilst at the same time we ensure employee-skills and ambitions are recognised and rewarded.”
To find out more about Employer Pledge Wrexham, contact Amanda Evans at Wrexham Council on 01978 667000.