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The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge Partnership & Careers Hub are hosting their ‘Bridging the Gaps’ Conference 2023 on Thursday 29 June at Alderley Park, Macclesfield.

‘Bridging the Gaps’ is a way for employers, educators and other key local stakeholders can explore how they can work together to address local priorities. The day will focus on three main themes:


  • Skills – there is still a mismatch between the skills employers are looking for and those that young people are choosing to acquire. We will frame our discussions around the findings of the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) and understanding more insight from both schools and employers to enable us to collectively implement solutions


  • Inclusion – we are working with employers and educators to deliver a core offer that meets the needs of all young people and supports employers to build an inclusive talent pipeline but there is still more to do. At the heart of our discussions, we will hear the views of young people, educators, and employers, share good practice and explore opportunities to work together to drive progress. We will also look at how we can best connect to strategic developments such as the Fair Employment Charter for Cheshire and Warrington


  • Opportunity – the day itself offers invaluable opportunity to network with likeminded employers, schools, colleges and education providers across the region as well as key contacts from public and voluntary sector organisations. Together we will explore how we better ensure equal opportunity for all


Pledge Awards 2023 Nominations – ‘Bridging The Gaps’ Conference 2023

During the conference, we will be celebrating and awarding individuals who are nominated in these categories:

  • The Pledge Inspirational Business of the Year Award 2023
  • The Pledge Inspirational Mainstream School or College of the Year 2023
  • The Pledge Inspiration Alternative Provision and SEND School or College of the Year 2023
  • The Pledge Inspirational Youth Organisation / Charity of the Year 2023
  • The Pledge Enterprise Adviser of the Year 2023
  • Special Individual Award for Outstanding Contribution 2023
  • Pledge Young Professional of the Year 2023


Nomination Criteria:

If you would like to learn more about the criteria for nominations, then please CLICK THE LINK HERE


How to Nominate for the ‘Bridging The Gaps’ Conference 2023 Awards

Nominations are to be submitted via the GOOGLE FORM HERE by midnight on the 14 June 2023. Please provide as much information as to why you have chosen to nominate.


Agenda for the day:


08:45-09:15 Main atrium Arrival 

–        Refreshments

–        Networking


(10 mins)


*Including Headteacher dial in

Keynote opening presentation setting the scene for the event and providing an overview of key skills and education priorities for Cheshire and Warrington.


OPPORTUNITY: “How is Careers Education & Employer Engagement Helping Young People Become Career Ready?”


9:25 – 09:55

(30 mins)


*Headteacher dial in

Opportunity Panel Discussion – Young Person Panel  


09:55 – 10:15 (20 mins) Auditorium Pledge Partnership & Careers Hub Update


SKILLS: “How do Employers and Educators address the skills gap and support the local economy?”


10:15 – 10:30 (15 mins) Auditorium Skills Keynote

–        Overview of Local Skills Improvement Plan for Cheshire and Warrington


10:35 – 11:20 (45 mins) Breakout Groups Skills Workshops

·        Cheshire West & Chester Local Authority

·        Cheshire East

·        Warrington Borough Council


11:20 – 11:50 (30 mins)


Main Atrium Break and Refreshments


11:50 – 12:10

(20 mins)

Auditorium Skills / LA Feedback and next steps
12:10– 12:50

(40 mins)

Auditorium Pledge Celebration Awards


12:50 – 13:40

(50 mins)

Main Lunch, networking and exhibitors


INCLUSION: “To what extent is careers education and employer encounters able to tackle disadvantage”


13:40 – 13:55

(15 mins)

Auditorium Inclusion Keynote – Careers Enterprise Company


14:00 – 14:50

(50 mins)

Breakout Rooms – delegates choose 1 inclusion workshop to attend. Inclusion Workshops with panels

Session 1: Removing barriers for young people with additional needs to access work.

Session 2: Helping to achieve diverse workforces by inspiring underrepresented groups to access employment.

Session 3: Supporting young people who are at risk of not being in education and training to secure positive destinations.

14:55 – 15:15

(20 mins)



Inclusion Workshop feedback


15:15 – 15:30

(15 mins)

Auditorium Thanks and close



Our event is currently fully booked but for enquiries please contact us at:

posted: Thursday 01 June

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