Consultation launched to shape West Yorkshire's career support services

People in West Yorkshire can now shape the future of career support services by taking part in a new consultation launched by Mayor Tracy Brabin.

The survey, open until 14 January, aims to improve how people are supported into training opportunities and jobs - particularly those facing additional challenges.  

Mayor Brabin pledged to prioritise skills and training when she was elected in 2021, to ensure everyone in West Yorkshire has the skills they need to secure work.

Since then, over 90,000 adults in West Yorkshire have completed courses that have given them a chance to progress in their careers, follow a new path or enter the world of work for the first time. 

This has been helped by regional partners working with the Mayor to ensure services that provide careers advice and support are accessible for people to engage, progress, earn more and have a better quality of life.  

The survey aims to gain an understanding of people’s personal experiences and opinions to improve these services further.  

Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin said: 

“Devolution means we have the freedom to shape the future of our region when it comes to people finding and keeping good, well-paid jobs. 

“I want to create a world class careers offer that will improve people’s lives, whatever their circumstances. 

“Ensuring people have the skills and support they need to succeed will help us to build a stronger, brighter West Yorkshire that works for all.” 

On a recent visit to Bradford Vibe Youth Hub, the Mayor spoke to a young person who is continuing to benefit from the career support services on offer after being helped to secure his first job.   

Trainee Welder, Nathan Liddon said:  

“I’ve always wanted to be a welder but struggled to get a job until I came to Bradford Vibe Youth Hub.  

“The support has helped me a lot, with things like filling in application forms and preparing for interviews. 

“Without this programme, I’d still be at home looking for jobs on my own – so I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity.” 

The survey is open to people of all ages who live, learn or work in West Yorkshire.  

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