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Metro Mayors Skills Forum

Metro Mayors Skills Forum

28th March 2017

Travelling the length and breadth of England, the APGSE was delighted to welcome a cross section of Mayoral candidates, representing an array of regions and political parties.

The principle of devolution is for regions and localities to be more responsive to local need by increasing their autonomy, and the devolution of budgets and responsibilities is continuing apace across England, and the wider United Kingdom. In May 2017 a number of areas will be electing a metro mayor for the first time. The priorities, and funding, of each of these areas will differ based on a number of factors. With the potential for more devolution in the years to come, now is a critical time to examine what the metro mayor agenda will mean for the potential for locally designed responses to the challenges of skills provision and regional employment. 

On March 21st, the APGSE was joined by a three Metro-Mayor Candidates, representing both rural and urban areas of England. The panel, chaired by Baroness Sue Garden, was made up of: 

  • Bill Esterson MP, spokesman for Steve Rotheram MP - Labour Candidate for  Liverpool City Region
  • Councillor Sean Anstee, Conservative Candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester - current Leader of Trafford Council
  • Councillor Rod Cantrill, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - current Cambridge City Councillor

The debate focused on three core topics: 

  • Topic one: In practice, what are they key challenges (around skills and employment) that metro-mayors can answer that we haven’t been able to meet before?
  • Topic two: How will the metro mayor agenda work when comparing urban and rural areas?
  • Topic three: What more needs to be done to ensure Metro-Mayors are a success? What is missing?