New moves will ensure Selby district has a skilled workforce ready for new employers

employment and skills forum

Employment and workforce skills have become a key issue for employers across the country and we have established a forum to help businesses secure the staff they need as the area continues to develop as a centre for business.

The authority has created an environment that will help employers across the district build an inclusive, skilled and loyal workforce.

The first meeting of the Employment and Skills Forum has already taken place and the next one will be at Askham Grange prison – where business representatives attending will hear about the benefits and practicalities of employing both those recently released from sentences and others released on temporary licence.

They will also hear from the co-chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Apprenticeship Ambassador Network about how you can become involved and the support it can provide.

The forum benefits from input by high-profile organisations including the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partners, DWP and many other partners.  Their aim is to identify the issues being experienced by employers and to collaborate on finding ways to bring workers with the right skills on board.

After the December meeting, the forum will continue every two months and in the spring the intention is to hold an Employment and Skills Conference and welcome businesses from across Yorkshire to hear and share experiences of this topical subject.

Councillor David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development, said: “The economic future is looking bright for Selby District and we will do everything we can to maximise that success. Businesses need to be inclusive and build a skilled and diverse workforce. The forum is another step on that route, and we hope it will give employers information and ideas to help get the best from what this area has to offer.”