Members of the public are being invited to have their say on a brand-new Work and Skills Strategy for Manchester that aims to help residents and businesses alike share in the city's success.
The new strategy sets out how the city will help local people of all ages to learn, in school and beyond, so they can get good jobs with fair pay, and how the city will help ensure people have the skills, technology and transport they need to connect with job opportunities being created by local employers, in person and online.
It also outlines how the council, partners, and businesses will create a thriving, inclusive, and low-carbon economy in Manchester, where more residents are connected to the city's success.
The strategy is based on five key priorities:
Thriving and Sustainable - making sure that Manchester is a thriving place where people can get good jobs with fair pay
Highly Skilled - ensuring Manchester is a place that helps local people of all ages to learn, in school and beyond, so they can get good jobs
Progressive and Equitable - creating an inclusive and equal city where everyone can thrive and easily get support when they need it
Connected - making sure everyone in Manchester has the skills, technology and transport they need to connect with opportunities and services, in person and online
Liveable and Zero Carbon - the city will reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2038 at the latest
The draft strategy was developed following a review of the evidence base of the labour market, looking at where current and future employment opportunities lie, business skills requirements, and the current employment status and skill levels of local residents.
Councillor Gavin White, Executive Member for Work and Skills, Manchester City Council, said: "We're very aware of the difference education and training can make to a person's life chances, and also the difference that having a rewarding job with fair pay makes to their wellbeing and happiness.
"We therefore want to hear from as many residents as possible, whether they are in work currently or out of work, and whatever their age, to see what they think about our proposed new strategy and if it would meet their needs.
"We also want to hear what training organisations, employers and businesses based in the city think of our draft proposals, to help make sure we get this right.
"We're determined to do all we can to give everyone in Manchester the best chance of getting a decent job and sharing in the city's success."
The consultation runs until 9 May 2022. Have your say here