We need to ensure our area meets its potential and our ambitious people are equipped with the right skills now and in the future.
A growing economy depends on businesses having people with the right skills in the right jobs at the right time. We know that businesses that invest in training outperform those that do not. Likewise, people with better skills are more likely to be employed and to earn more.
Our Skills investment focuses on several areas: improving careers advice for young people by linking schools to businesses; supporting world class learning facilities to address labour market requirments; helping businesses access the training their staff need to remain competitive and, removing barriers to employment for those furthest from the job market
We have a number of current Skills projects to support individuals and employers, you can find more about each and who to contact here.
Meet our Head of Skills Annabel Jelley Here
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Through our Growth Deal we have secured £3 million Local Growth funding for Harrogate College which will both refurbish and create new buildings. This means that not only the College’s estate will be in better condition, but it also enables student number growth in a range of key LEP priority areas, such as closing the skills gaps in health and social care, construction, the visitor economy, manufacturing and engineering as well as finance. The new facilities will also lead to an increase in the number of apprentices being available, providing additional support to local businesses.
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Askham Bryan College
£1.6 million of Local Growth funding has been secured for Askham Bryan College’s Agri-tech and Agri-engineering facilities. The world class Agri-tech facility will provide students with a modern teaching space, where students can assess the latest farm management techniques and technologies, to enhance their vocational skills and employability. The facilities will also enable local partners, such as FERA Science, the Biorenewables Development Centre and the University of York to demonstrate how their developments can be applied to a modern farming setting.
The land-based engineering centre of excellence will be a purpose-built facility enabling students to use state-of-the-art technology to develop their skills and knowledge; improving their employability in this key sector. All in all, these two projects will both support local businesses through providing more skilled employees and increase the number of apprentices available.
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Skills Support for the Workforce
Skills Support for the Workforce was set up in 2014, for small and medium-sized businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding to up-skill their staff. The contract, worth £1.6 million is being delivered by the Grimsby Institute for Further Education, with educational courses running across our region with ten different providers. The project is funded by the European Social Fund.
Local businesses can come to providers with their skills needs and work together with them to deliver workplace learning courses, which fit their bespoke need.
The Local Response Fund
We have invested almost £1.9 million into our Local Response Fund, which has been running since 2014. This programme is being run by Grimsby Institute for Further Education, with 12 different projects across our area. The idea is to research, create and then provide innovative training across the key sectors that we have identified; from precision farming, crop and plant health to construction and the visitor economy. This training is aimed at small and medium-sized local businesses.
In this work learners will get valuable, up-to-date skills and knowledge to increase their employability and help support the businesses in our local economy.
Check out our publication which tells you all about the achievements of the Local Response Fund.
Careers & Enterprise Company Mentoring Project
In partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) YNYER LEP has established an Enterprise Adviser Network that connects businesses and schools. To complement this successful project the government has announced the launch of a national mentoring campaign that will connect a new generation of mentors with pre-GCSE teens at risk of disengaging and under-performing.
The Careers & Enterprise Company is looking for partners to deliver this important and ambitious project.
It is anticipated that bidders will have a sound understanding of YNYER LMI and a successful track record of business engagement and employer lead provision in schools with evidence of tangible outcomes.
Applicants should register their interest in applying and download the application forms from the website: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/mentoring
Closing date 19 August 2016.
Contact: [email protected]