Focus on work and training

Published Wednesday, 22 July 2020

A NEW report sets out how the Council will drive Coventry’s economic recovery from Covid-19 through its focus on employment and skills.

The report Coventry Employment and Skills Priorities – Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic’ was written in partnership with JobCentre Plus, National Careers Service, Coventry College and Hereward College.

It sets out the scale of the economic challenge and the local impact this has for the residents of Coventry, with unemployment having more than doubled, 38,700 workers furloughed and significant numbers facing redundancy.

Those in most need of support are identified, with priority groups including; Young People (18-24), those who are 50+, BAME Communities, Long-Term Unemployed, those with Complex Barriers, Mental Health needs and those with Digital Barriers.

Actions for each of these groups are set which will be achieved through making the most of our partnership working across the City.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The pandemic has had a devastating effect in so many ways with so many people now struggling to find work and training across the country.”

“I think it is crucial we work with our partners to help people to gain and develop skills so they’re in a position to take advantage of opportunities, for example in rapidly emerging technologies.”

“I’m pleased we have a report with a clear view of how we will recover and grow again as a city.”

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration said, “The economic impact of COVID-19 is unlike anything most people will have seen in their lifetime. That’s why it’s vital that we have plans in place to help Coventry’s economy recover. And recover we will.”

 “Partnership working will be central to the city’s recovery and the front door to this support is the Job Shop. The team is available to support people into training and work and they will play an important part in our recovery.”

“As a country we have an opportunity to move forward into new opportunities and here in this region we are skilled up and ready but unless the government invest, we will lose out to our European partners and the Far East. Only £3 billion has been identified by government for it’s so called green new deal. This will hardly pay for a gigafactory and pales into insignificance when you consider France spending 15 billion and Germany 40 billion euros, puts it into perspective.”

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