More than 70,000 green jobs are expected to be created across West Yorkshire by 2050, according to the Local Government Association.

It comes as West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin launches a new green skills action plan, in partnership with major businesses and education providers.

The plan, which will be supported with £6.5 million of investment from the Mayor, follows a year-long dialogue with over 300 young people.

It is part of the Green Jobs Taskforce - made up of public and private sector experts - to deliver the Mayor’s manifesto pledge to create 1,000 green, skilled, well-paid jobs for young people.

So far, 1,074 jobs have been pledged by businesses, with 365 workers now employed.

Mayor Brabin has announced a £65 million Adult Education Budget.

The six-point action plan adopted by the Mayor includes free green careers advice for every young person, starting in primary schools; improving access to green skills and job information for education providers and businesses; and adapting the curriculum to factor in local green career opportunities.

Other parts of the plan include helping businesses to green their processes, save money on energy bills, and attract new talent with a pilot recruitment scheme and making new green skills partnerships, including working with the Leeds College of Building.

The college - the UKs only further education college dedicated to construction - will establish a “Regional Retrofit Advisory Board” to address skills gaps and make homes warmer and cheaper.

The final part of the plan includes “strengthening” existing green skills partnerships, including working with the Department for Education to develop new technical qualifications that address green skills gaps in the region.