Tom Stannard is director of economy and skills at Oldham MBC
Positive interventions for training employed adults must be at the heart of UK economic renewal.
The North of England needs a joined-up response to business scepticism about local skills.
In the industrial strategy, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced plans to progress sector deals, featuring flexibilities and additional government support to back business partnerships the sectors driving economic growth.
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Local government is at the forefront of tackling the skills crisis hampering economic growth.
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As one of the more economically deprived areas in Greater Manchester, the skills and employment challenges we face in Oldham are substantial.
When Oldham’s full council met in July its debate focused on two main strands.
Tom Stannard says Oldham targets the sectors it needs to grow
Oldham MBC’s Tom Stannard says extra funding comes with conditions but the skills sector can cope