Issue details

Construction Skills and Retrofit

Purpose of the Report:
To outline the need for a new Construction Skills Initiative (CSI York) to support the development of local employment opportunities resulting from key housing and employment sites in the Local Plan and from the work needed to retrofit domestic and commercial properties across the city if York is to meet our carbon reduction targets.

To set out two projects responding to these two drivers, which Executive have already agreed in October 2023 to support through UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). These represent a short term pilot with potential for delivery across the York and North Yorkshire region. In future, they might then be supported by the Mayoral Combined Authority through future UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and gainshare. These two projects aim to increase the local supply of appropriately skilled and qualified employees and businesses that respond to growth in demand.

Funding of £3.37m has recently been awarded by Innovate UK for a project to develop a Retrofit One Stop Shop for York (ROSSY), with City of York Council as lead partner and delivery for 21 months from February 2024. This project is predominantly designed to develop demand for domestic retrofit, complementing the supply-side measures in CSI York. The two initiatives will work together to address our climate change and economic challenges, and the report recommends delegations from Executive to the Corporate Director of Place to enable swift implementation.

The Executive will be asked to:
• Endorse the York Construction Skills Initiative.
• Note the progress made on developing a Construction Skills hub.
• Note the successful application to Innovate UK for the Retrofit One Shop York project and delegate further decisions on implementation to the Corporate Director of Place.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/01/2024

Level of Risk: 04-08 Regular monitoring required;

Decision due: 20/02/24 by Executive

Lead member: Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Economy and Culture

Lead director: Corporate Director of Place

Department: Directorate of Place

Contact: Simon Brereton, Head of Economic Growth email:

Consultation process

Executive Members, Key City Stakeholders, Construction Industry and training providers and FE colleges.

Equality Impact Assessment Completed?: EIA will be considered as part of the report.


Agenda items


  • Construction Skills and Retrofit  


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