The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge, hosted by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), are offering a new an online service called ‘Pledge Learn Live @ 11’ on the 20th April to help young people access career support and guidance whilst in the lockdown period.

The online sessions will bring local Cheshire and Warrington employers, universities, colleges and training providers to young people through a series of live broadcasts and two way chats every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am.

Sessions are geared towards young people aged 11-18 and will feature employers talking about careers in their industry, as well as providing advice on how to develop the skills that employers are looking for during lockdown. There will also be sessions on how to undertake a successful online interview and a discussion on progression to Further Education or University. All of the sessions are free to attend and will be led by local business professionals, giving young people and parents/ carers opportunities to ask questions live online. Each presenter will also set a challenge for participants to complete, so they will be able to go away and develop their employability skills further after the session has finished.

Clare Hayward,MBE DL, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP saidWe are incredibly excited to launch this new service which we hope will be a really useful source of inspiration and information to young people who are currently thinking about employment, further or higher education or training. In these challenging times, employers are still very keen to reach out to young people – to inspire them about new technologies and job opportunities and support them on their journey to starting a career.”

The Pledge is one programme, alongside the Digital Skills Partnership and Accelerate Cheshire & Warrington, that forms an ambitious £30m skills and business growth project being delivered by the LEP and its partners to transform learning and skills development in Cheshire and Warrington. This online service is one of a suite of support mechanisms the LEP is investing in to help people and businesses during the Covid-19 crisis.

To register to the ‘Pledge Learn Live @ 11’ online sessions, visit

The initial programme is as follows;

Monday 20th April 11:00am Pledge Intro – Stacey Rutter from the Cheshire and Warrington Pledge Team
Tuesday 21st April 11:00am Network Rail – James Richards Why you should remain engaged now and why it will look good to employers in the future.
Thursday 23rd April 11:00am Driveworks – Bridie Mills What is Driveworks? Who works there and what do they do? Can you complete the Driveworks challenge?
Tuesday 28th April 11:00am Higher Horizons – Lucy Williams All your university questions answered plus some top tips to get yourself ready for university life
Thursday 30th April 11:00am Thrive Creative – Dave Powell How can you thrive in the creative and digital industry? Keeping companies ahead of the game in an ever-changing landscape.


For more on the wider work of Cheshire and Warrington Pledge, visit: