PDMS has been awarded a contract by the NP11 – a group of all 11 Northern local enterprise partnerships – to provide employment, apprenticeships and training opportunities via the Manx company’s dedicated platform, SignedUp Skills, across the whole of the north of England.
The SignedUp Skills platform will make it easier for those across the NP11 area, who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to find new employment and training opportunities. The platform sits behind a dedicated website for each NP11 region and features real-time job vacancies, training courses, and apprenticeship opportunities.
SignedUp Skills is more than just a traditional online jobs board and provides users with unique insights into their region’s growing industries and identifies the employability skills that are most in demand in their local communities. Currently across the UK, SignedUp Skills is helping 17m to discover employment and training opportunities.
Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chair of the NP11 and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, told B365: “With many of our communities throughout the North now under Tier 2 or Tier 3 government restrictions, many people and businesses find themselves facing an uncertain economic future.
“Now more than ever, to achieve a confident North with the skills it needs to thrive, we must work across sectors to build a culture of progression and development in our business that helps both companies and individuals flourish.
“The North will be integral to the future economic recovery and prosperity of the nation. However, our region’s recovery can only be as strong as the economic strength and security of the people living here. To deliver extraordinary economic and social transformation, we must not only invest in the technology and the skills for today, but also for the future.
“Working together with LEPs, combined authorities, Mayors and civic leaders to address the skills gap, our ambition is to create a careers platform for the whole of the North, which will guide people through these difficult times and help connect them with prospective job opportunities.”
Chris Gledhill, Managing Director of PDMS, added: “Throughout the pandemic, technology has allowed us to stay connected with family, friends, and colleagues. As we enter a new phase of this crisis, we can draw upon our software expertise to now connect people with new employment and training opportunities.
We’re delighted to be partnering with the NP11 in this pilot project which creates a platform to transform the lives of its users for the future and establishes a new starting point for labour market interventions.”
The NP11 websites can be found at:
· Cheshire & Warrington: https://www.candwopportunities.co.uk/
· Cumbria: https://www.cumbriaopportunities.co.uk/
· Greater Manchester: https://www.gmopportunities.co.uk/
· Humber: https://www.humberopportunities.co.uk/
· Lancashire: https://www.lancashireopportunities.co.uk/
· Liverpool City Region: https://www.liverpoolcropportunities.co.uk/
· North East: https://www.northeastopportunities.co.uk/
· Sheffield City Region: https://www.scropportunities.co.uk/
· West Yorkshire: https://www.westyorkshireopportunities.co.uk/
· York & North Yorkshire: https://www.ynyopportunities.co.uk/