West Yorkshire’s plans for retrofit advisory board

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West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin has launched a green skills action plan, in partnership with businesses and education providers in the region, including a retrofit advisory board.

The plan, which will be supported with £6.5 million of investment from the Mayor, is part of the region’s Green Jobs Taskforce that launched a series of policy recommendations at an event in Leeds last week.

The taskforce – which is made up of public and private sector experts – called on Mayor Brabin to put “green rocket fuel” behind her £65 million Adult Education Budget, through a series of targeted measures to help people secure new green skills, and help businesses employ skilled green workers.

The six-point action plan adopted by the Mayor includes:

  • “Inspiring” every young person in the region with free green careers advice, starting with a new pilot scheme to be delivered across 130 primary schools in West Yorkshire.
  • “Facilitating” easy access to green skills and job information, with an online showcase called “Go Green” connecting learners and workers with education providers and businesses.
  • “Supporting” providers to adapt their curriculum to factor in local green career opportunities.
  • “Enabling” businesses to green their processes, save money on energy bills, and attract new talent, with a pilot scheme to help businesses recruit graduates into job vacancies.
  • “Embedding” new green skills partnerships, including working with the Leeds College of Building – the UKs only further education college dedicated to construction – to establish a “Regional Retrofit Advisory Board” to address skills gaps and make homes warmer and cheaper.
  • “Strengthening” existing green skills partnerships, including working with the Department for Education to develop new technical qualifications that address green skills gaps in the region.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

 We have a clear roadmap to build a stronger, greener West Yorkshire which deals with the challenges and seizes the opportunities of the future.

Faced with sky-high energy bills and the looming threat of floods, our businesses are already counting the cost of the climate crisis.

It’s about time we reaped the rewards of a green transition – new skilled jobs, a revitalised economy, and a greener environment for future generations.

I’m proud of the work of our Green Jobs Taskforce, which will pave the way for thousands of new well-paid jobs, on the road to a net zero carbon West Yorkshire by 2038.