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Ambitious new strategy to support businesses and boost employment prospects

Our first Employment and skills strategy for the district aims to support businesses, and residents, by helping to up-skill and retrain individuals, and source jobs and training opportunities.

The council is keen to attract new businesses to the local economy and work closely with local businesses in the district to identify skill gaps and shortages to help them grow and prosper following the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

Other exciting initiatives include the development of a virtual platform to hold online events and job fairs to recruit local people and encourage them to apply for the jobs available and to offer training sessions and 1-2-1 support to equip them for new roles and challenges and enabling the next generation to fulfil their potential in the 21st century post-covid economy.

Green technology growth has been identified as a key priority with the development and use of clean hydrogen and low carbon technologies, with their uses encouraged through the Clay Cross Town Deal project which will in turn help to develop energy partnerships and stimulate green technology skill development across the district.

Councillor Carolyn Renwick, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “This strategy sets out clear aims and objectives of the support we will be providing to our businesses and residents over the next four years to help them grow post covid-19.

We are keen to ensure help is available for businesses to expand their workforce effectively and with the right skills, which in turn will provide fantastic employment opportunities for our residents.

We work closely with partner universities and colleges to help develop the skills of employees and potential employees, making sure the residents and businesses in our district thrive and prosper”.

For more information or help and guidance please contact our employment and skills officer by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.