Helping Calderdale’s talent to thrive

Cllr Silvia Dacre, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources

More people in Calderdale could have access to new skills, quality jobs, good pay and opportunities for progression.

Calderdale Council’s Adult Learning service and other local organisations could provide training through ‘Skills Bootcamps’, as part of a proposed £450,000 funding boost from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The Combined Authority currently delivers the Bootcamps to equip adults aged 19+ with technical skills to access apprenticeships, new opportunities and well-paid jobs. 

Employers are also benefiting because they can attract the talented staff they need to thrive, retain their workforce and be more productive.

Now, the Combined Authority is enabling councils to manage local versions of the Bootcamps, which meet specific needs and opportunities.

On Monday 15 January 2024, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the £450,000 Skills Bootcamp grant to help provide the local training programmes.

This would support the work across Calderdale to upskill residents in sectors where employers are looking for new skills, including construction, engineering, manufacturing, early years and childcare, and creative and design to make the most of Calderdale’s Year of Culture 2024.

Cllr Silvia Dacre, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, said:

“We want local people and businesses to thrive. By investing in training and development through the Skills Bootcamps, we could grow Calderdale’s talent, get more people into work, further support our communities through the cost of living crisis and build a strong, sustainable future for our borough.”

The Bootcamps would complement many of the Council’s existing aims and strategies:

  • The Vison 2024 for Calderdale by helping to build talent, enterprise and resilience across the borough.
  • The priority to reduce inequalities by giving everyone the same chance to get good jobs and good pay and to progress, whatever their personal circumstances.
  • The priority for thriving towns and places by helping to futureproof local businesses and address skills shortages.
  • The Inclusive Economy Strategy by helping to grow an economy that everyone can contribute to and benefit from, and by building a sustainable future.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet meeting is on Monday 15 January 2024 at Halifax Town Hall from 3pm. The meeting can also be viewed online at link)

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