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City region partnership asks businesses to decide over £250 million spending on workforce skills

Release Date: 25/01/2010 00:00:00

Chief executives and senior directors of large, medium and small businesses are being invited to become part of a new board to ensure that spending decisions which impact on the Leeds city region are taken locally rather than nationally.
To kick-start the search, a breakfast briefing is being held on Friday 29th January at the Holiday Inn in Brighouse for employers wishing to find out more.
National pilot 'Leeds City Region' status has brought with it decision-making powers from central Government.
In making the most out of its new powers, the Leeds City Region Partnership is to establish an employment and skills board where local business leaders will be able to identify which employment skills the city region economy will need as it emerges from the downturn.
John Yeomans, interim chair of the Leeds City Region Employment and Skills Board, said:
"This is a very exciting development for the city region's business community, and an opportunity for real influence. Talented and experienced businessmen and women from a range of sectors are being called upon to help shape around £250 million of investment in adult skills and employment training."
The Leeds city region covers a massive geographical area and includes the following areas: Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.
For further information please visit www.leedscityregion.gov.uk or for any enquiries please contact Sue Cooke at sue.cooke@leeds.gov.uk.