New job opportunities created that are greener, fairer and stronger

20 October 2020

The York & North Yorkshire LEP’s Local Industrial Strategy has an ambitious vision to become England’s first carbon negative region, which we believe will facilitate the creation of new jobs that are greener and fairer.

The pandemic presents us with an opportunity to ‘Build Back Better’ – providing workers with the choice of new sustainable, higher-paid jobs and supporting the long-term economic growth and prosperity of our region.

Our post COVID-19 recovery vision –  “Greener, Fairer, Stronger” – includes a commitment to grow the demand for and improve the supply of higher level technical skills to enable businesses to innovate and deliver higher value products and services.

Shifting to a carbon negative, circular economy will require significant reskilling of the workforce and investment in our skills infrastructure. The LEP is currently commissioning research to deepen its understanding of the current low carbon skills landscape across the region and the results of this will be shared early 2021.

In the meanwhile, deploying funds awarded by the government’s Getting Building Fund, the LEP has agreed to invest £150,000 in increasing technical skills capabilities in electric vehicle technologies at York College, which will include an extension to existing workshop space and development of state of the art technologies.

On the Yorkshire Coast, Scarborough TEC will receive £92,620 investment. This will support the purchase of electric vehicle / training equipment to enable low carbon motor vehicle maintenance courses and charging bays will be installed in the college’s existing Automotive, Construction and Engineering Centre, which was also part-funded with money secured by the LEP, to promote green transport education and training and employability. In addition, the project will provide new engineering technologies, to introduce hybrid/electric transport courses.

Both projects will promote emerging higher-skilled automotive roles including apprenticeships, as well as re-training existing technicians on new technologies.

Sam Alexander, Chair of the Skills and Employability Board said: “The projects at York College and Scarborough TEC both offer fantastic opportunities for young people. Both are addressing a skills shortage in our region around low carbon electric vehicle maintenance, which is an important, developing, sector. We are pleased to endorse both projects, which align so closely with the LEP’s good growth ambitions, and our vision for a greener, fairer, stronger economy.”

Further information about the Getting Building Fund and Northern Powerhouse





A Plan to Reshape our Economy

Following on from our vision launch for a greener, fairer, stronger economic recovery for YNY, the LEP has worked with all LAs and partner organisations region-wide to develop a plan to reshape the region’s economy in order to address the challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic.

Read the full Plan to Reshape our Economy here.

Impact of the plan on reshaping the economy will be measured by successful delivery against the 10 pledges. Read the pledge stories on our news page here.


Join us on Friday 6 November for our annual conference.

Held online for the first time, the conference will focus on a Greener, Fairer, Stronger vision for reshaping the York & North Yorkshire economy and how we can work together to achieve this. 

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