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From | Tuesday 13 July 2021

LEP’s Local Skills Report highlighted the region as a national centre for excellence for clean energy.

A report has identified offshore wind as one of the key sectors for skills training.

A report commissioned by the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP) has outlined plans to ensure residents have the skills to get good jobs, both now and in the future.

The LEP’s Local Skills Report discussed future skills needs, highlighting the area as national centre for excellence for clean energy, as well as the need for decarbonising heavy industry.

The report, which recommends developing skills training to ensure people are qualified to work within these sectors, underscored offshore wind, biomass, biofuels and low-carbon hydrogen all as key sectors.

The report also sets out the current skills priorities for the local economy, such as reskilling and upskilling of employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic to enable them to find work, as well as helping people develop more digital skills and retaining more young people to work in the region.

It sets out a framework as to exactly how the LEP, education providers and local authorities can work together to tackle these issues in the region, through areas suggested for investment, collaborative activity and what to include in the curriculum for post-16 education.

James Newman, Chair of HEY LEP, said: “The Local Skills Report provides some great information to help and influence individuals, employers and education and training providers to recognise the opportunities and challenges that face those in Hull and East Yorkshire.

“Our region has a good story to tell and we have a compelling case for further investment in skills, which coupled with the right culture, our natural assets and access to an available workforce, will ensure that the requirement for more highly skilled jobs from our new industries, will be met by local residents.

“The actions included in Local Skills Report will help inform the development of the HEY LEP’s Employment and Skills Strategy, which the new Employment and Skills Board will be taking forward over the coming months. This will be done by bringing together employers, skills providers and key local stakeholders to better understand and resolve the skills and recruitment challenges within the Hull and East Yorkshire region.”

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