The York Skills Plan 2017-2020 focuses on how we and our partners will work together to contribute towards two key priorities for the city:

  • Develop, retain and attract talent in York - supporting the growth of local businesses as well as those within commuter distance of York across the wider city region
  • Create a prosperous city for all - where local businesses can thrive, residents have the opportunity to get good quality and well paid jobs and everyone in York is supported to achieve their full potential, making sure no one is left behind

We've developed the York Skills Plan through consultation with partners including:

  • business groups
  • employment support agencies
  • education and training providers
  • public sector and voluntary organisations

The Skills Plan focuses on how we and our partners will work together to contribute towards improving our city and also supports work across city boundaries through links with:

The Skills Plan works in conjunction with our York Economic Strategy and the City of York Council Plan.

The York Skills Plan was officially approved on 1 August 2017 at Council Decision Session (Economic Development and Community Engagement). The relevant Scrutiny Committee will monitor the performance of the Plan.

York Skills Plan objectives

  • provide a great education which is better connected to business - support the progression of all young people from learning to earning
  • connect more people to jobs, career progression and starting a business - target integrated ways of working with disadvantaged and vulnerable people
  • grow the apprenticeship offer- create jobs for young people and develop the skills of existing staff
  • make better use of higher education talent and resources - develop talent for graduate level jobs; ensure access to higher level training and learning for businesses and residents
  • tackle skills gaps and shortages - harness employment and career opportunities across all sectors for the benefit of all businesses and residents

York Skills Plan ambitions

We want York to be a top 10 UK city for employment, with:

  • high employment rates
  • high levels of skills and qualifications
  • wages above national average by 2025

This ambition has been set by the York Economic Strategy and will be tracked by Centre for Cities top 63 UK cities.

We want to create the best improvements in outcomes for those with special requirements, such as:

  • disadvantaged and vulnerable people
  • young people with special educational needs
  • youth offenders
  • adults with learning difficulties
  • the long term unemployed

York Skills Strategy 2013-2016

The previous York Skills Strategy 2013-2016 set out a clear ambition to ‘Unlock York Talent’ to support the economic vision of York to become a top 5 UK city and top 10 mid-sized European city in terms of Gross Value Added and jobs.

'We want to inspire employers and individuals to increase their investment and participation in relevant skills to achieve higher productivity, competitiveness and innovation to support business growth, and to develop a world-class skilled workforce to attract inward investors and better paid jobs, higher employment security and job satisfaction for individuals.'
- (York Skills Strategy 2013-2016)

As part of this ambition, the strategy focused on the following priorities:

  • skills for business growth – developing a flexible and more productive workforce
  • skills for employment – connecting people to jobs and opportunities
  • skills for the future workforce – nurturing and supporting our young people

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