Reporter 457, 23 October 2000

City sets its targets

The Leeds Initiative, an alliance of key public and private agencies led by the City Council, has published two strategic documents setting out action plans for education and economic development. The University is involved in both the Learning Partnership, which drew up local goals for strengthening the skill base and developing lifelong learning, and in the Economy Partnership which looked at a policy framework for sustainable growth.

The Leeds Learning plan commits the education sector, along with employers, voluntary groups and public agencies, to enhancing the city’s competitiveness by achieving national targets in basic skills. It sets the goals of meeting the needs of the labour market, enabling people to achieve their potential, promoting economic development and social cohesion.

The University’s key role in the city and the region is highlighted in the sister document on economic development, which notes its commitment to widening participation and commercialising the fruits of innovative research.

Both documents were drafted in the context of the Vision for Leeds development plan, published last year after extensive consultations.

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