Employment: creating more and better jobs.
Being in good quality employment isn’t just good for you financially; it represents security, dignity, self-respect and hope for the future. We want Newcastle to be a city where everyone, regardless of background or circumstances, has a choice of good quality, fairly paid job opportunities.
We continue to drive growth in all that we do, both to create jobs and help fund our ambitions for the city. 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, they will also help fund our ambitions for the city.
We are working to ensure all our residents can contribute to and benefit from economic growth. The number of our residents in work is near record levels, however we recognise there is more to be done to help all residents achieve their full potential.
Our extensive capital infrastructure programme will continue to drive growth; 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 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 this priority during 2018-19?
- Our ongoing Re-Newcastle programme of capital investment in regeneration and transport is building the infrastructure needed to attract new jobs and businesses to the city. The £13.5 million project at Killingworth Road will improve bus reliability, reduce congestion, improve air quality and make it easier and safer for people on bikes and on foot. Improving existing and creating additional junctions will support housing developments in the outer west of the city.
- Continuing to invest in the development of the city. The construction of the Laboratories Building on the Newcastle Helix site (formerly called Science Central) is expected to lead to at least 270 jobs in the city’s thriving life sciences sector. New manufacturing sites on the North Bank of the Tyne will maintain our leading position in offshore engineering. Transforming the city centre will also create an attractive, welcoming environment in which our retail and visitor economy can continue to flourish.
- Supporting the rapid growth of the tech, creative and digital sector in the city which is now worth more than £1 billion, accounting for over 44,000 employees and earning the fourth highest average salaries in the country. Exciting plans for the sector include the North-East Futures University Technology College, set to open in 2018 and the National Innovation Centre for Data opening in 2019.
- Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Your Homes Newcastle and Crisis to support work coaches to identify and respond appropriately to residents’ risk of homelessness, helping to stabilise lives to improve residents' readiness for employment.
- Maintaining our world-class events programme and ensure the city maximises the opportunity of hosting the Great Exhibition of the North with Gateshead in this summer. A major business summit, sponsored by the Northern Powerhouse, will take place between 4-6 July.
How will we measure our progress?
- Proportion of people in managerial, professional or technical jobs compared to NE
- Average weekly wage compared to UK
- Number of businesses
- Proportion of residents aged 16-64 claiming out of work benefits compared to NE / GB
- Number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents
- Amount of annualised benefit gained
Some of our achievements in 2017-18:
- Work is continuing at Newcastle Helix with the Urban Science Building opening in September 2017 and five more buildings being constructed. The 24-acre site is set to create world class education and research facilities, 500,000 sq. ft. of office space which will create 4,000 jobs, and 450 new homes.
- We secured 12 new investment projects and nine business expansions. In total, 565 new jobs have been created and 438 safeguarded through our support for Invest Newcastle.
- We secured a 25-year lease for part of the Civic Centre with HM Courts and Tribunal Service which will provide a significant income stream for future years.
- Newcastle Futures, jointly funded with Job Centre Plus worked with 565 unemployed residents, 215 of whom secured employment placements.
- We secured £2.5 million of European funding to deliver The North of Tyne Community Led Local Development strategy. The funding programme will contribute to increased employment, develop businesses and improve opportunities to enhance local life.
- The Skills Hub, delivered in partnership with six core partners supported 165 people into work and training alongside delivering a programme of events and workshops to include jobs fairs, jobs clubs and sector based activities.
- 54 tenants successfully completing YHN’s employability programme, progressing to further education, training or employment. YHN has also 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.
- Streets for People has been launched in Jesmond, Heaton, Ouseburn, Fenham and Arthurs Hill. This £3 million project aims to encourage people to make more local journeys by foot or on bike by re-designing local streets.
- Newcastle and Gateshead were successful in bidding to host the Great Exhibition of the North which will run from 22 June to 8 September, delivering a wide range family-friendly and cultural activities.
- Business and Intellectual Property Centre Newcastle, located at the City Library, supports new and existing businesses to grow. Over 2,000 one-to-one enquiries have been dealt with and over 1,500 people have attended events on business and IP topics.
- The Newcastle Advice Compact helped 19,069 residents to secure £30,000,543 in the benefits that they were entitled to.