York & North Yorkshire LEP host largest ever skills conference

27 January 2021

Last week, the York & North Yorkshire LEP hosted its largest ever skills conference with over 120 delegates and a prestigious line up of speakers and panellists attending.

Sam Alexander, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire LEP Skills & Employability Board opened the online conference and then the LEP Skills team presented the new ‘Plan for Skills 2021-2026’ which had been developed in partnership with stakeholders across the region and was being launched at the conference.

The skills vision for our region in the next five years is that people are empowered to achieve their potential in a greener, fairer, stronger economy. Key to realising this vision are four key ambitions, which the team introduced by video and then demonstrated how collectively, we are working towards achieving these.

Ambition 1 – Young people are equipped to make quality decisions about education, training and careers. Delivery example: https://www.businessinspiredgrowth.com/news/shape-your-future-guidance-updated-to-enable-informed-career-and-training-choices/

Ambition 2 – Employers have the skills to grow inclusive and productive workplaces where everyone can achieve their potential. Delivery example: https://www.ynygrowthhub.com/how-we-can-help/sustainability/

Ambition 3 – The local skills market meets the needs of local businesses in a dynamic economy. Delivery example: https://www.ynygrowthhub.com/webinars-2/

Ambition 4- Communities are empowered by learning and skills that enable everyone to participate fully in society. Delivery example: https://www.yourpension.gov.uk/mid-life-mot/

This was then followed by speakers Emily Moncuit, Associate Regional Director in Yorkshire & Humber, CBI and Vicky Bullivant, Head of Sustainable Business at Drax who talked about a range of subjects from green skills and technology to ‘Reviving Regions’ and increasing social mobility.


Next up was the Q&A Panel, including Les Newby, Director of Les Newby Associates; Mike Hawking, Acting Head of Policy and Partnerships at Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Alex, Managing Director of West Yorkshire Learning Providers and the recently launched North Yorkshire Learning Providers and Pete Glover, Economic Evidence Manager at West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Joining them to answer the many questions from the audience was Sam Alexander and Vicky Bullivant.

You can watch the recording of the full conference here and the ‘Plan for Skills 2021-2026’ can be downloaded here. You are also invited to take a look at the region’s Economic Reshaping Plan which was referenced during the conference here.

If you would like to receive our regular Skills E-newsletter, you can sign up at https://www.businessinspiredgrowth.com/newsletter-sign-up/ . Through this, we will soon be sharing details about our informal Skills Networking sessions that we spoke of at the conference.

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