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The Combined Authority’s plan is to provide new job opportunities for working-age residents and young people, attract new talent and grow our own highly skilled workforce for business growth.

We will create progressive apprenticeship and technical training routes and increase the relevancy and quantity of apprenticeship training to align with economic growth. We will increase the support for long-term unemployed residents and prevent young people from becoming unemployed. By removing barriers to work through targeted and multi-agency programmes, we can ensure we enable our residents to better access existing jobs and those that will be created in the future. We will develop a shared, robust evidence base that identifies what works and really makes a difference to the individual and how this could contribute to a long-term sustainable economic change.