A MAJOR scheme to boost the Kirklees economy by creating more jobs and business start-ups begins in Huddersfield next week.
Leading figures from business, education and community groups will meet at the Textile Centre of Excellence on Wednesday to discuss a proposed long-term Labour Market and Skills Strategy for the district.
Kirklees Council’s economic development service is working with experts from Leeds Metropolitan University to develop the plan.
It will include an assessment of the skills of local people and how successfully they meet the needs of local businesses.
Other factors covered will include access to employment opportunities and the level of support given to entrepreneurs.
Kirklees has invited company bosses and senior figures from education and community groups to attend the two-hour seminar, which starts at 8am at the Textile Centre, Red Doles Lane, Bradley Mills.
The session will be introduced by Kirklees chief executive Rob Vincent and Clr Ken Sims, the Cabinet member for regeneration. It will include an opportunity to raise issues and discuss priorities and recommendations.
Clr Sims said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in creating an action plan for the future growth of Kirklees and deciding the main priorities and targets for the next 12 years.
This will ensure that Kirklees can compete with other regions in the UK and Europe in terms of investment and growth.”
To attend the free breakfast seminar and for further information on the strategy contact Catherine Brooks on 0113 8123223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org