Hugh Baird College launches ‘Employer Stakeholder Pledge’

Hugh Baird College has launched its exciting ‘Employer Stakeholder Pledge’, aimed at strengthening industry links and engaging with employers to help meet regional skills priorities and support student progression.

The Employer Stakeholder Pledge will place employers at the heart of the College by providing its students with opportunities to develop the right skills, knowledge and behaviours in their chosen sector.

The Pledge aims to support employers in the Liverpool City Region with access to a broader range of talent, help close skills gaps in their industry and bring fresh perspectives to their business.

Rachael Hennigan, Principal at Hugh Baird College, explained:

Hugh Baird College recognises the importance of actively engaging and working with businesses. Through this pledge, we aim to further build on our industry partnerships by placing employers at the heart of everything we do and exciting our students about the world of work.

Our Employer Stakeholder Pledge initiative is an integral pillar to a number of our strategic priorities; to deliver an employer driven curriculum, seize opportunities that benefit our people and place and provide the highest quality of experience for our students.

Several employers from across the region attended the launch event, supported by Liverpool Chamber, on Tuesday 14 June and signed up to join the start of the Employer Stakeholder Pledge. These included MSP Global, Enceladus Consulting and Open Awards. The College is also looking to expand its reach further, creating an employer-led network of pledge partnerships across various industry sectors.

Rachael continued:

Over the past 18 months, we have been holding meetings with a host of leaders from the business community. A key issue continually raised is the gap between the talent pool of prospective employees and the industries' skills needs. Our Employer Stakeholder Pledge aims to reduce and eliminate that gap.

There are no one-size-fits-all approaches when it comes to working with us, and there is no ‘contract’ to sign. We are open to new partnerships and ways of working together for mutual benefit.

Paul Cherpeau, CEO of Liverpool Chamber, said:

Liverpool Chamber is delighted to support and endorse Hugh Baird College’s Employer Pledge. The College is determined to ensure the learning experience of students is fully influenced, directed and led by the requirements of business.

Employers should embrace all opportunities to connect and support our colleges and universities and the employer pledge is a perfect opportunity for reciprocal benefit for both employers and Hugh Baird College.

To learn more about and join Hugh Baird College’s Employer Stakeholder Pledge, visit

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