The Humber LEP and its four local authority partners signed up to the landmark Hull and Humber City Deal on Friday, 13 December.
The partners met with Cities Minister Rt Hon Greg Clark MP to officially sign up to the deal that will help the region will maximise the opportunities linked to the growth in the offshore wind and green energy sectors through programmes in skills, business support and accelerating development.
As part of the deal the bid team have negotiated freedoms and flexibilities to address the skills gap, tackle Youth Employment as well as get more people into training or work.
This includes the development of facilities at five partner colleges to enable the Humber to become an Energy Skills Centre of Excellence. To support this, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is providing £1.245m skills capital funding which is matched by £1.9m from the colleges.
In addition, the Government will support an additional 1,500 adults to take up relevant courses over 3 years, with 760 additional people qualified to level 3.
To incentivise training providers to help people into work the Humber LEP and city deal partners will be part of a national pilot – working with BIS and the Skills Funding Agency – to develop and implement a payment by results pilot for the Humber.
This will run alongside the Springboard Programme to reduce youth unemployment across the Humber, encourage increased investment in skills by local employers through a Humber Skills Fund and improve careers information and advice through a Humber Careers Hub, which has seen a commitment of £5.5m from the government.
To underpin this the Humber LEP’s Growth Hub programme, engaging with up to 3,000 businesses and providing intensive support to 500 creating 400 jobs. This has seen £2.5m committed by the government via the Lancaster University RGF4 fund.
As part of measures that will reduce the time and make it more cost effective for investors to come to the region, while supporting the sustainable development of the Humber, government agencies are supporting the development of the Humber Spatial Plan, a mitigation/compensation plan, and creation of a Humber Environmental Data Observatory. This will be the first such scheme in the country.
- At least 1,100 unemployed young people supported into work
- Accelerated development of key growth sites on the Humber Estuary
- Increased skills capacity of approximately 1,500 additional places over 3 years, with 760 additional people qualified to level 3
- Engagement with over 3,000 businesses and the provision of intensive support to 500 businesses, creating approximately 400 jobs
Lord Haskins Chair of the Humber LEP said:
“This is an important deal which is the first step in devolving more power to our local area. Through the City Deal we gain some significant tools to support economic growth and an opportunity to show that we can do things better for ourselves.
“The influence we will gain over skills and the national pilot we will be running on youth employment will help us to prepare local people for work and the new jobs that will be created in our economy. The measures we deliver to make developing around the Humber Estuary a smoother process will go a long way towards making our area more competitive for inward investment.”
Mike Parker Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board said:
“The freedoms, flexibilities and funding allowed by the deal means we can make sure we have the right courses and support for local people to be trained into jobs that support businesses that invest here and those already here. While our programmes can help remove the barriers for young people to get into education and employment.
“By bringing together funds from the government and the five colleges we can develop what we already have to create a Humber-wide campus that can become a recognised centre of excellence for energy skills. This alongside being a national pilot for the payment by results programme will help us to channel our resources to prepare a Humber workforce that can meet the demands of the renewables industry.”
Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said:
“Following on so quickly from the award of UK City of Culture 2017 to Hull, reaching the agreement with Government is very good news for Hull and the Humber.
“I am especially delighted that the deal has such an emphasis on improving skills and providing our young people with support to get into work.
“The Hull and Humber City Deal is tangible evidence of the benefits of working in partnership – both at a sub-regional level with our partners and also at a national level with the Government.
“The deal provides a positive incentive for closer partnership working and Hull will continue to play its role in the continuing negotiation with Government on further funding and flexibilities to be devolved from London.”
Chris Shaw, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“This is great news for the sub-region and great news for the local areas involved, including North East Lincolnshire.
“I’m confident that through this and other work, we can deliver a vibrant future for our communities and accelerate development in some of the Humber’s key industries to help us lead the way in renewable and other technologies.”
Councillor Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“It’s fantastic news that our Humber City Deal has been approved. Our region aims to become the centre of renewable energy in the UK and the City Deal is a major step forward to helping us achieve our ambition.
“The City Deal will support the creation of 4,000 jobs in renewable energy and next week the Secretary of State for Transport will determine the planning application for the largest offshore wind park in Europe, on the biggest Enterprise Zone in the UK at the Able Marine Energy Park.
“Providing that we get the go-ahead for the development we look forward to quickly beginning to deliver on creating a brand new renewable energy industry into the Humber and with it, thousands of much-needed new jobs.”
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
“The signing of the Hull and Humber City Deal is excellent news for the region and an historic moment. It is also a good example of how the four councils are working together with the local business community and the Humber LEP for the benefit of all our residents.
“Signing the deal will allow for the devolution of powers and funding to a local level, so that collectively we can deliver economic growth across the whole of the Humber region and fulfil its ambitions to become the centre of the UK’s renewables energy sector.”