Councillor Andrew Waller has discussed the progress of the 10-year Skills Strategy development, which will support people and businesses through change and develop the skills infrastructure that will support York’s longer-term economic recovery from COVID-19.
Since its inception in September 2020, the York Skills and Employment Board has actively driven the development of the One-year plan: Skills for Employment and 10- year Skills Strategy. The Board comprises representatives from the city’s colleges and universities, independent training providers, local employers, the Federation of Small Businesses, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, DWP, TUC, the council and Local Enterprise Partnership. The city’s Skills and Employment Board has continued to meet monthly (five times since its inception) to shape the strategy and drive the work of the partnership’s Task & Finish Group.
Over the past year, more than 200 businesses have contributed to the development of the strategy through sector round tables, the Talent and Skills Event as part of York Business Week and in-depth interviews with University of York student research teams.
The work undertaken by the Board will support people and businesses through change and begin to develop the skills infrastructure that will support York’s longer-term economic recovery from COVID-19.
The report considered by Cllr Waller can be found here: https://democracy.york.gov.uk/documents/s149187/FINAL%20Skills%20Strategy%20update%20150421.pdf
Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:
“The city’s ten year skills strategy will ensure that York, its residents and businesses, are well placed to recover from the impact of the pandemic and make the most of sustainable and inclusive job opportunities.
“As York’s employment changes it is vital that support and training is available to help individuals who need it not matter their age or experience. Businesses are looking to get ready for new opportunities, especially with cleaner greener jobs, and we need to make sure the local workforce has the skills needed for this.
“I’d like to thank the city’s Skills and Employment Board for their hard work engaging with businesses, council and skills providers, which underlines the commitment of partners across the city to supporting York’s future skills and training needs.”