Skills for business growth

A skilled workforce is key to business growth, innovation and productivity. The council's growth managers offer local companies free support to access skills funding and services. Please contact our growth managers, Alistair Forbes and Beata Olah, for further information on the A to Z of skills, from apprenticeships to workforce development.

The council's inaugural Skills for Growth Action Plan 2019-2024 identifies our priorities, to support businesses and create high-value jobs in the Harrogate district. Adopted on 5 November 2019, the plan has been informed by an independent review and consultation with local employers and regional skills stakeholders.

The context for the plan is set by both the council's Corporate Plan 2018-2024 and its Economic Growth Strategy 2017-2035, with an overarching aim to ensure the Harrogate district is a progressive and vibrant place to live, work and visit. For enquiries regarding the Skills for Growth Action Plan please contact

To share the conversation on skills, including labour market information, business and education links, careers advice and workforce training, please contact