DHL Express is the latest and the largest logistics company to sign the Skills Pledge, an initiative under which employers promise to train their staff to at least a NVQ Level 2 (the equivalent of five GCSEs).
DHL Express will look to offer recognised development opportunities to staff at operational and supervisory levels through NVQs and Apprenticeships. It plans to deliver these qualifications to more than 1,700 staff in various divisions of the business over the next three years.
Ken McCall, chief executive, DHL Express UK, said: “We are proud to make the Skills Pledge – showing commitment to the future of our business and our people. Many of our staff are already a living testament to the difference training can make to someone’s career and general well-being.
“The Skills Pledge represents both an investment in the staff as well as the business. It is our hope that all our employees will benefit from such training opportunities. Without question, improved skills help our staff work better together and make our business thrive – providing top quality services for our clients day in, day out.”
Lord Young, minister for skills and apprenticeships at the department for innovation, universities and skills, said: “It’s 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 they’re more adaptable is critical to ensuring your business is resilient.”
The Skills Pledge, managed by the Learning and Skills Council, is a partnership between companies and the government.