Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy State of the city report 2017

A highly skilled city

A highly skilled population to drive the city’s economic growth is a priority within the Our Manchester Strategy and the Work and Skills Strategy. Linked to this is the need to reduce the levels of dependency across the city and ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to benefit from the city’s economic growth. The ambition is to achieve this through the creation of jobs that are accessible to all Manchester residents, reducing the number of people who are out of work.

The devolution of the Adult Education Skills Budget will enable us to respond to these challenges more effectively by developing different ways of working with our partners and different approaches to public service reform, welfare reform and skills to ensure all of Manchester’s residents can enjoy the benefits of economic success.

Key challenges are working to achieve an improvement in schools results so that they are significantly better than the UK average and we are continuing to increase the proportion of graduates in the city. We are working with employers to ensure that everyone is paid at least a living wage and to encourage a work placement for every young person. There is also a target for Manchester to increase the number of apprenticeships in the city by developing new models of recruitment and development that encourage high level apprenticeships in a wide range of fields.

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