Study reveals prospects for job creation in district

Mike Cowlam, the authority’s strategic director of regeneration and culture

Mike Cowlam, the authority’s strategic director of regeneration and culture

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A new report reveals that the workforce in the Bradford district is expected to increase by 18,200 in the next seven years – while the number of jobs is expected to grow by 16,000 up to 2020.

Bradford will need to create 10,200 more jobs to maintain the current employment rate amid a growing workforce, and 31,600 more jobs to match the national average.

Between 2013 and 2020, the majority of the forecast jobs growth of 16,000 are expected to be in higher-skilled occupations.

About 6,000 will require NVQ level 4 skills – equivalent to degree level, and 3,500 will require NVQ level 3 skills – equivalent to A-levels or a trade apprenticeship.

Only 2,000 new jobs will be level 1 or below – equivalent to one GCSE at grade D to G.

In the report to Bradford Council’s regeneration and economy scrutiny committee tomorrow, Mike Cowlam, the authority’s strategic director of regeneration and culture, also outlines the progress of the Regeneration and Prosperity Partnership, which has been replaced by a new Producer City Board.

The Producer City initiative is a strategy for business and economic growth and the report outlines the development of this strategy.

Mr Cowlam states: “Over the past year Bradford Council, University of Bradford and Bradford Chamber have worked together to agree a new strategy for business and economic growth built on a unique and differentiated identity and purpose for Bradford – The Producer City.

“The Regeneration and Prosperity Partnership has agreed the creation of a new Producer City board to oversee development and implementation of the Producer City strategy that will replace the current Regeneration and Prosperity Partnership chairs group.”

The update details how the city centre growth zone has now supported 86 companies to create 353 new jobs, largely through a business rates rebate scheme, and there are calls for the scheme to be extended for a further three years. In addition 100 jobs are being safeguarded as well as 20 new positions through the P&B Foods development at the ProLogis business park next to the M606 motorway.

A digital connectivity scheme, now called Superfast West Yorkshire, will see broadband access extended into remote parts of the district.

Mike Cartwright, of Bradford Chamber, said: “It’s true that more jobs will need to be created if our growing population is to have meaningful employment. As the public sector continues to contract, then it will fall on the private sector to create those jobs.


“It is still a big ask, as we are only slowly coming out of recession, for this target of more than 3,000 jobs per year to be met. We need to create the right conditions for growth – and that includes stability, support, connectivity and a business-friendly environment.”

The meeting takes place at City Hall from 5.30pm tomorrow.

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4:19pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Grumpygirl says...

This report just shows how far the Council has let Bradford sink and by just how much all the previous job creation initiatives have failed. The Regeneration and Prosperity Partnership has an awful track record, hardly any jobs created at all. There is always the hope that 'Producer City' will be different and deliver the employment but a sinking feeling that it won't.
This report just shows how far the Council has let Bradford sink and by just how much all the previous job creation initiatives have failed. The Regeneration and Prosperity Partnership has an awful track record, hardly any jobs created at all. There is always the hope that 'Producer City' will be different and deliver the employment but a sinking feeling that it won't. Grumpygirl
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4:25pm Wed 16 Apr 14

sorrow&anger says...

The Council should come clean. They couldn't care less about jobs; the Government pays the dole. If they did care they would have put much more effort into creating them. What they do care about are the business rates. The more money coming in the easier the life at City Hall.
The Council should come clean. They couldn't care less about jobs; the Government pays the dole. If they did care they would have put much more effort into creating them. What they do care about are the business rates. The more money coming in the easier the life at City Hall. sorrow&anger
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4:33pm Wed 16 Apr 14

BaildonGuy says...

You can't believe the Council when it comes to jobs. They promised 700 at Buck Lane. It now looks as if we'll be lucky to see 200 most of which will already belong to people living outside the district.

This Producer City is just another excuse to hand over green spaces to greedy developers.
You can't believe the Council when it comes to jobs. They promised 700 at Buck Lane. It now looks as if we'll be lucky to see 200 most of which will already belong to people living outside the district. This Producer City is just another excuse to hand over green spaces to greedy developers. BaildonGuy
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8:50pm Wed 16 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
You can't believe the Council when it comes to jobs. They promised 700 at Buck Lane. It now looks as if we'll be lucky to see 200 most of which will already belong to people living outside the district. This Producer City is just another excuse to hand over green spaces to greedy developers.
Very fair point, ask them how many NEW jobs were created as a result of the new M&S warehouse on Rooley Lane, the answer is not many at all, most of the ones created came from existing staff at Castleford. What sort of a sweetener did they get to locate there?
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: You can't believe the Council when it comes to jobs. They promised 700 at Buck Lane. It now looks as if we'll be lucky to see 200 most of which will already belong to people living outside the district. This Producer City is just another excuse to hand over green spaces to greedy developers.[/p][/quote]Very fair point, ask them how many NEW jobs were created as a result of the new M&S warehouse on Rooley Lane, the answer is not many at all, most of the ones created came from existing staff at Castleford. What sort of a sweetener did they get to locate there? alive and awake
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