Creating good quality jobs and helping local people develop the skills to do them
Newcastle’s economy has grown significantly in recent years. The number of jobs has risen to its highest level for at least a decade and is set to break through the 200,000 mark. Employment of Newcastle’s residents has also risen, up by around 15,000 in the past three years. Despite great uncertainty, most commentators predict continued growth, albeit at a slower rate than the national average.
We will continue to champion city growth in all we do. This is more important as we move to raising more of the money we spend through retaining business rate income. Every new business we attract to the city will not only bring jobs but will also help fund our ambitions for the city.
The council is driving growth through our extensive capital infrastructure programme; attracting new businesses and investment into the city, ensuring Newcastle is prepared for environmental change, and working with partners to create the conditions for more and better jobs.
Our ambitions for a working city are:
- A city with more and better jobs
- A city which helps people to find work
- A city with a modern sustainable transport system
What are we doing to achieve our priority for a working city?
We will invest in the future of the city to attract businesses and generate jobs:
- We will continue to work closely with our partners across the wider North East region. Our approach to delivering inclusive growth will support the ambitions of the recently-launched North East Strategic Economic Plan.
- We will build on our track record of investment and development with a further £370 million capital programme over the next three years, investing in key development sites at East Pilgrim Street and on the North Bank of the Tyne, and further improving transport connectivity across the city.
- In 2017-18, we will deliver a wide range of capital projects to support growth, including:
- The River Tyne Dredge Project
- A feasibility study for East Pilgrim Street Southern Block
- Science Central – Urban Science Building, Newcastle Laboratory and infrastructure works
- Cycle City Ambition Fund Works
- Killingworth Road Improvements
- Kingston Park / Fawdon Lane Junction improvements
- A variety of housing sites across the city
- North Bank of Tyne Plateau site
- Grainger Market Structural Improvements
- We are ensuring these investments benefit young people in the city and will continue to use our approach to planning to provide apprenticeship opportunities.
- Continue to work towards a devolution deal for the North of Tyne area. Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside are negotiating the details of a deal with Government, which will ensure that more decisions that impact our economy are made locally.
- We will establish a £0.9 million Great North City fund to attract major events which support the visitor economy and enhance the city’s national and international reputation, and maximise benefits to the city’s businesses and residents of hosting the Great Exhibition of the North.
- We will assess and improve air quality in the City, including by reporting on the annual average levels of nitrogen dioxide across the two air quality management areas in the City Centre and Gosforth areas.
How will we measure our progress?
|Proportion of people in managerial, professional or technical jobs compared to NE||Inclusive Growth|
|Average weekly wage compared to UK||Deputy Leader|
|Number of businesses||Inclusive Growth|
|Proportion of residents aged 16-64 claiming out of work benefits compared to NE / GB||Deputy Leader|
|% of young people achieving good qualifications compared to England||Children and Young People|
|Proportion of young people not in employment, education or training / activity unknown compared to England||Children and Young People|
|Proportion of residents who cycle at least once per month compared to NE||Transport and Air Quality|
|Number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents||
Transport and Air
How we are performing
Some of our achievements in 2016-17:
- Our ongoing programme of investment in regeneration, transport and broadband is building the infrastructure needed to attract new jobs and businesses to the city: nearly 400 new jobs at the Tyne North Bank site including recent investments by JDR Cables and IHC Engineering Business; 96% occupancy in The Core on Science Central and securing a £15 million commitment from Government to a new National Institute for Smart Data Innovation on the site expected to generate a further 1,000 jobs in the digital sector.
- Secured Legal & General as a long-term investment partner for Newcastle Science Central, one of the biggest urban regeneration sites in Europe, unlocking a further £300 million investment, and expected to lead to 2,000 new jobs.
- Secured 23 new investment projects and created or safeguarded over 450 jobs through our support for Invest Newcastle, alongside 600 new jobs created through Convergys’ investment in the Rocket building in Stephenson Quarter, and nearly 400 new jobs at the North Bank of the Tyne.
- Newcastle Futures, jointly funded with Job Centre Plus to support unemployed people in to work, worked with 812 residents in 2016-17, 278 of whom secured employment placements.
- We launched the Skills Hub based in the City Library to provide a one stop shop for people looking for training, careers and job advice. The service is delivered in partnership with Connexions, National Careers Service, Newcastle Futures, Generation NE, Newcastle College and Newcastle City Learning. From February 2016 to March 2017, 274 customers using the Hub secured jobs or training because of the support they received.
- YHN’s employability programme led to 83% (54 tenants) successfully completing their employability programme and progressing to further education, training or employment.
- YHN has been commissioned as a specialist delivery partner in the ‘Wise Steps’ programme, funding through the European Social Fund, to support those people with the most significant barriers to gaining employment.
- In October 2016, YHN launched a new learning Hive at Newbiggin Hall, in partnership with Northern Learning Trust, to provide a range of training courses and jobs clubs to support people back in to work.
- Our approach to planning conditions provided apprenticeships for young people, alongside 85 apprenticeships provided by us directly.
- The improvements to Cowgate junction, used by 60,000 motorists every day, have reduced journey times through the junction by 4 minutes.
- With Active Newcastle, we launched a new bike training course aimed at residents aged over 50 to increase their confidence and ability to start riding a bike, or to return to cycling.
- Newcastle and Gateshead were successful in bidding to host the Great Exhibition of the North in summer 2018, with NewcastleGateshead Initiative securing £5 million for delivery of the exhibition itself and an opportunity to bid for a share of £15 million legacy funding.