Jobs and training

Creation of City Skills and Employment Board in York to support workers

Published Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Plans to create a new City Skills and Employment Board to support residents and businesses in York to manage the economic impact of Coronavirus, will be considered later this month (22 September).

The plans have been drawn up in response to the emerging impact of the pandemic on the city’s economy, and a recognition that the city’s current skills and employment offer – which is based on very high levels of employment – will not be sufficient to address the acute needs and increased demand expected over the next 12-18 months.

Under the plans, the new City Skills and Employment Board will include representatives from York Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors, York Professionals (business support network), vocational training providers, private sector training and skills providers, TUC, Jobcentre Plus and Department for Work and Pensions, as well as from City of York Council.

Board members will be asked to oversee the creation of a new Adult Learning and Skills Strategy to set out how York can develop skills and employment opportunities that support a sustained economic recovery.

The proposals will be considered by Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning (including responsibility for skills) at a decision session on 22 September.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, City of York Council, said: “Given the economic situation, it is important that the city works together so that there are the resources for skills, and retraining for all who will need it in the future.”