Businesses to decide over £250 million spending on workforce skills

Chief executives and senior directors of large, medium and small businesses are being invited to become part of a new board to ensure that spending decisions which impact on the Leeds city region are taken locally rather than nationally.

To kick-start the search, a breakfast briefing is being held on Friday 29th January at the Holiday Inn in Brighouse for employers wishing to find out more.

National pilot ‘Leeds city region’ status has brought with it decision-making powers from central Government.

In making the most out of its new powers, the Leeds City Region Partnership is to establish an employment and skills board where local business leaders will be able to identify which employment skills the city region economy will need as it emerges from the downturn.

John Yeomans, interim chair of the Leeds City Region Employment and Skills Board, said:

"This is a very exciting development for the city region's business community, and an opportunity for real influence. Talented and experienced businessmen and women from a range of sectors are being called upon to help shape around £250 million of investment in adult skills and employment training.”

The Leeds city region covers a large geographical area including the following areas: Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.

For further information on the breakfast briefing please visit www.leedscityregion.gov.uk or for any enquiries please contact Sue Cooke at sue.cooke@leeds.gov.uk.


Notes to editors:

1. The establishment of an Employment and Skills Board is a key part of the pilot city region programme which was launched in November 2009.

2. The Leeds City Region (LCR) Partnership brings together a group of 11 local authorities: Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York, along with North Yorkshire County Council to promote economic development and a better quality of life.

3. The Leeds City Region Partnership pilot programme can be downloaded from their website on the homepage under Publications: www.leedscityregion.gov.uk.

4. The Leeds city region has close to three million people, a resident workforce of 1.3million, over 100,000 businesses and an economy worth £48bn per year.

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