Monday, December 5 2022

Salford City Council has confirmed the appointment of Matthew Ainsworth as the new Deputy Director for Skills, Labor and the Inclusive Economy.

Mr Ainsworth, who returns to the council after a nine-year stint, will spearhead the council’s skills and work programme, which recently received a £1.5m funding injection, as we seek to strengthen our skills pipelines and better connect employers and city training. suppliers.

A seasoned public sector veteran, Salford-born Mr Ainsworth joins the council after seven years with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as Acting Director for Education, Skills and Work. As well as his time with Salford, he also previously worked for Nottingham City Council and JobCentre Plus.

Mr Ainsworth said of his new role: “I am extremely excited to begin a new chapter in my career at Salford City Council to work with an incredible group of colleagues and partners to deliver a inclusive growth and maximize opportunities for city residents and businesses.

“Salford is a city that really moves and is a driving force in Greater Manchester. All residents should be able to see and feel the benefits of its growth and have access to more opportunities to increase their skills or access training opportunities. As the new Deputy Director for Skills, Works and the Inclusive Economy, I will do my utmost to ensure this is the case and put Salford at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

Tom Stannard, chief executive of Salford City Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to convince Mat to return to his roots as a true Salfordian with this incredibly important new role which is at the forefront of our plans for revolutionize our approach to skills and work.

“His experience, knowledge and drive will be a real win for Salford and I am very excited to see what he will bring to the table as we seek to build relationships with businesses, employers and training providers to to provide lifelong learning opportunities for all and make adult education fashionable again.

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