Northern Foods has signed up to the government's Skills Pledge, publicly committing to raise the skills levels of its 11,000 employees.

The Pledge is a voluntary commitment to help employees develop basic skills such as literacy and numeracy. It was introduced in a bid to sustain and improve the UK's position in the global economy.

Northern Foods chief executive Stefan Barden signed the pledge in the presence of skills minister David Lammy.

" Signing the Skills Pledge is part of a wider programme aimed at raising skills at all levels," said Barden.