Leeds City Council has launched a citywide conversation to help identify the skills needed now and for the future of the city’s economy. The ‘Future Talent Leeds’ discussion is open to anyone over 16 to be part of, along with all businesses, sectors, industries and organisations in the city.

The conversation aims to hear the thoughts of as many people as possible to help shape the Future Talent Plan for Leeds. Recognising the jobs, skills and business landscape in the city has altered dramatically in recent years with changes to national government policy,  the extra powers we have achieved through devolution, Brexit and Covid-19, we now need a skills and talent plan that is agile and works to support people and businesses across Leeds to thrive in the face of change.

The council want the plan to be influenced, created, and owned by the city and be adaptable and resilient to change. By having your say and joining the conversation, they can successfully and collaboratively address issues such as unemployment, inclusion and diversity, digital skills and climate change whilst also ensuring they have in place the support and skills needed to thrive as a city as we emerge from Covid-19.

They want this discussion to be as inclusive as possible hearing views from people of all backgrounds, as well as all industries and organisations including education and skills providers, public sector employees and the third sector. The conversation can be accessed online by all internet-enabled devices, while paper copies will also be available at all community hubs and libraries in the city.

The conversation will take place in two phases, with the first now live online at Future Talent Leeds running until Tuesday 28 September. The responses will then be analysed to shape a second phase of dialogue starting in November, with the final findings and recommendations to be fed into the Future Talent Plan.

Visit www.futuretalentleeds.org/welcome to have your say.