Posted on: 27th March 2021
Wakefield Council launches new strategy to become a learning city and district.
An exciting new strategy to give a major boost to employment and skills across the district has been launched by Wakefield Council and its partners.
With the aim to become a UNESCO ‘Learning City and District’ this ambitious new employment and skills strategy – ‘Wakefield, a Learning City and District’ – was launched with an official promotional video, giving residents, partners and communities across the district an insight into what it will mean for them.
Becoming a Learning City and District would be a significant step forward – to enable a bright future in a fast changing, progressive city by making sure people have the skills to get a job and progress in work and for employers to attract people with the right skills they need for growth – which is a key priority for the district.
Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “We have a bright future here in Wakefield, and this new strategy – becoming a Learning City and District – will encourage our residents to be able to retrain, progress with their current jobs, but above all will allow new employers to come into the district and invest, giving us all a much brighter future.
“The employment and skills strategy sets out an ambitious programme of work to help people into work, to ensure they realise their potential and to ensure that businesses can access the skills they need now and in the future. This will enable us to improve productivity and secure fair and inclusive growth.
“Working together across the district with our partners, we have made great strides in recent years. I firmly believe there is more to be done to drive collaborative working across providers and employers – an approach that will benefit us all. A sustained collaborative effort is required to see our ambitions realised, by sharing expertise, targeting resources and taking collective action.”