Councillors are stepping up initiatives to get more apprentices into engineering and high tech jobs to encourage them to stay in Ryedale.
The district council’s policy and resources committee has backed a £30,000 scheme to help Derwent Training Association (DTA) expand its headquarters after Jos Holmes, the authority’s economy and community manager, told councillors that the centre’s plans would help create well-paid jobs.
”Ryedale has a skills shortage,” she said.
But she added there were opportunities on the horizon through the planned potash mine development in the North York Moors and the offshore wind farm off the Yorkshire Coast. Council officers are in talks with career advisers in Ryedale’s schools to promote the job opportunities in the district. The authority was also playing a key part in encouraging girls to opt for careers in science and engineering at local schools.
Cllr Luke Ives described DTA’s plans as “fantastic.”
But councillors heard that the DTA was struggling to keep pace with the demand for apprentices from businesses.
“We need to raise awareness that there is a need for suitable young people to come forward,” he added.