Key Cities to focus on developing skills for the future

Bradford Council will be hosting a special conference on how Bradford and other Key Cities can develop the skills of local people.

The national Key Cities group is made up of 20 mid-sized UK cities working together on innovative and creative ways to transform their local economies and deliver inclusive growth and prosperity.

The conference takes place on Thursday 28 June 2018 at the Cedar Court Hotel and will be attended by delegates from around the UK as well as leaders from the Bradford District.

The conference will be introduced by Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, who will be speaking on how Key Cities can transform their local economies and delivering inclusive growth and prosperity.

Two key-note speeches will be given: Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, from the University of Warwick will speak about youth unemployment and how cities can bridge the education and skills gap.

Will Richardson from PWC will address business recruitment challenges and how cities can develop effect strategies to support businesses.

Other discussions will be led by key local education and business leaders and will focus on:

  • building businesses by supporting young and enterprising people
  • improving career advice by presenting a single point of advice for students and parents
  • improving access to employment and apprenticeships for disadvantaged groups
  • preparing young people for work
  • recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce.

Councillor Peter Box CBE, Key Cities Chair, said: "This event in Bradford brings together people from businesses, education and the community to look at ways our cities can work together to build prosperity. It's a great example of what Key Cities is about: driving discussion and action that will help us build growth and transform our cities for the better."

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: "Bradford is a dynamic, young and enterprising city which is very much on the up. The conference is great way we can bring a group of forward-thinking experts together to help us look at practical ways we can promote inclusive growth for Bradford and share that expertise with our Key City partners."

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