City of York Council Skills Team has worked with a cross-city and cross-council directorate set of partners, including the Learning City Board to create a new skills plan for York.
The York Skills plan 2017-2020 has been developed through consultation with business groups and employment support agencies, education and training providers and public sector and voluntary organisations because we know the ambitions for our city can only be delivered when everyone works together.
The plan sits alongside our York Economic Strategy and City of York Council Plan, as well as supporting work across city boundaries through the Leeds City Region and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Economic Partnerships.
York Skills Plan 2017-2020
York Skills Plan 2017-2020 focuses on how we and our partners will work together to contribute towards:
Two key priorities
1. Develop, retain and attract talent in York
- Supporting the growth of local businesses as well as those within commuter distance of York
2. Making sure no one is left behind
- Putting everyone in a position to successfully gain employment and make progress in their career
Five essential objectives
- Great education 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
Two key performance indicators
Ambition one: York to be a top 10 UK city for
- employment rates
- skills and qualifications
- wages above national average by 2025
Ambition two: The best improvements in outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and adults.
The York Skills Plan was officially approved on 1 August 2017 at Council Decision Session (Economic Development and Community Engagement). Monitoring the performance of the plan will be taken to the relevant Scrutiny Committee.
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