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PDMS supports North England residents by improving access to local labour market opportunities

Insight Published on 26 October 2020

PDMS is delighted to be working with NP11  a group that brings together the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) from across the North of England  to decrease the adverse economic impact of COVID-19 on people in the North. PDMS is doing this by implementing the SignedUp Skills platform across the North to make it easier for people to find employment and training opportunities alongside local support.   

SignedUp Skills 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. As part of the project with NP11, each LEP will be invited to apply their knowledge of their local labour market to making their local platform as relevant and as helpful as possible for their local residents.  

Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chair of the NP11 and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, commented: 

“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.” 

Richard Graham, Head of SignedUp Skills, added: 

This project creates a platform to make a real difference to the lives of people that have been negatively impacted by the economic implications of COVID-19. I am delighted that Roger and his team see the value that SignedUp Skills offers to the NP11 region and how it could contribute to the economic recovery of the region  following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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