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York Skills Plan 2017-2020

Meeting: 01/08/2017 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning (Item 28)

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This report presents York’s Skills Plan 2017-2020, the city’s second All Age Skills Plan, which focuses on how we will work together with our partners over the next four years to contribute to two key priorities for the city as set out in the York Economic Strategy, 2016 – 2020 and City of York Council Plan 2015 – 2019.

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Resolved:  That, after consideration, the Executive Member approved the final draft of the York Skills Plan 2017-20 for publication.


Reason:     The plan has been consulted on with a wide range of partners across the city, who have informed the development of the plan. It is now ready to be widely shared and adopted.



The Executive Member considered a report on the York’s Skills Plan 2017-2020 which set out how the Council and it’s partners would work together over the next four years to contribute to two key priorities for the city as set out in the York Economic Strategy, 2016 – 2020 and City of York Council Plan 2015 - 2019:

·        Developing and Retaining Talent in York to support the growth of local businesses.

·        A Prosperous City for All - where local businesses can thrive, residents have the opportunity to get good quality and well paid jobs and everyone in York is supported to achieve their full potential, making sure ‘no-one’ is left behind. 

Officers explained that the final version of the York’s Skills Plan 2017-2020 had been updated following the close of the consultation period. They are advised that there were two subtle but significant changes to focus on the immediate skills gaps and shortages in specific sectors. These were:

·        The needs of the rail industry, as part of the construction and infrastructure sector

·        The Cultural Offer, as part of the hospitality and tourism sector.


Officers advised that the Executive Summary also highlighted IT and digital skills as a generic skills gap to support all sectors in York, as well as the need to address high level skills shortages to support the digital, software & technology sector in its own right.


In response to a question from the Executive Member regarding high value and low paid jobs and why only 4 sectors have been identified for immediate focus, Officers explained that whilst the skills needs and job opportunities of every employment sector in York were important, evidence highlighted the importance of addressing immediate skills gaps and vacancies of the sectors identified which accounted for circa 46% of employment in the city.


Officers also explained that sectors such as hospitality, care, rail and construction, which were often perceived as only offering low paid entry level jobs, offered opportunities to develop a variety of skills and career progression through to high value, well paid specialist and managerial jobs, for which there were shortages.


In regard to the Executive Member question concerning current recruitment challenges for high value IT and Technology businesses, Officers reported that the technical skills needed in that sector were not always well connected to the courses available in further and higher education. Furthermore, the pull of higher salaries in other cities, the need for candidates with transferable skills, a reducing number of IT courses available at pre 16 were all factors affecting recruitment in IT specific jobs. It was also highlighted that there was a skills gap in IT teaching in schools which would be included as a challenge to be addressed as part of the mapping of progression routes through to digital technology jobs.


The Executive Member asked whether there would be more sector specific careers fairs and skills interventions to raise awareness and drive take up of jobs in the sectors highlighted and others. Officers confirmed that in addition to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28


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