In developing our plan for regional recovery, we identified five key principles:
- Getting residents back to work: supporting training, redeployment and access to jobs
- Green recovery supporting the region’s carbon objectives and embedding environmental behaviour change
- Strengthening inclusion of people in the hardest hit places and communities
- Rebuilding business: strengthening innovation and trade, and encouraging start-ups and growth in sectors of opportunity
- Renewing places, ensuring transport and digital access to work, and building resilience and attractiveness in hard-hit places.
The Taskforce also focussed on nine discussion topics:
- Job losses at all skill levels and stages of working lives: Flexible re-training and redeployment opportunities to support residents to move into areas of job growth
- Providing young people with training and/or employment opportunities: Flexible skills/education/work experience; reconsidering further and higher education and apprenticeships
- Accelerated digital transformation: Improve digital access and skills particularly for excluded communities, identifying growth opportunities
- Positive green recovery to embed a behavioural change and also improvement in air quality. Embed change and avoid a shift back to old behaviours to encourage a reset in the ‘new normal’.
- Disadvantaged and deprived communities have been hardest hit: Targeted initiatives to reduce inequality gaps, including skills, enterprise, transport, health, digital access
- Reduced footfall in city / town centres: Build community confidence with clear messages about staying safe, make public transport as safe as possible, support regrowth/repurposing of town and city centres
- Region’s unique cultural draw compromised by lockdown: Support adaptation and resilience of leisure / cultural assets to retain attractiveness as a vibrant, diverse and creative place with a strong sense of community
- Job losses across the business base including in high volume employment sectors: Drive business adaptation and resilience, nurture start-ups and scale-ups and identify new sector growth opportunities (including low carbon)
- Contraction of key, high skilled, industries that are important to the region: Identify and capture high value growth opportunities, stimulate innovation, attract inward investment and redeploy high skilled workers