“I do think there could be more training for our children.”
“The current situation as an opportunity for a complete overhaul of how companies hire and develop staff.”
“Almost one-third of the UK’s major environmental research organisations are based in the South West”
One of the main demands from young people, when asked what they’d like the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan to include, was ‘interesting jobs’:
What interesting jobs are needed to keep young people in the Sid Valley?
Initial responses indicate that young people are seeking ‘interesting jobs’ to keep them in the Sid Valley and the Neighbourhood Plan steering group is now asking ‘what would make an interesting job?’…
So, what are the options?
To look at just a couple…
Certainly the last year has made us rethink about the tourist industry:
And one of those rethinks has been that the industry isn’t actually that attractive to go into:
Which means that the industry is going to have to make themselves more of an ‘interesting’ career option:
Employers Need To Take Long View Of The Current Skills Shortages
One aspect — which many employers may have failed to anticipate — is that the coronavirus has caused people to reappraise their lives. As Kelly puts it, “employees want more opportunity, more security. They are making demands.” She sees the current situation as an opportunity for a complete overhaul of how companies hire and develop staff. “It’s not good enough to have ad hoc training and development,” she says. “We need professional standards. Skills have got to be recognised and valued.” Better employers will realize that and will treat workers with greater consideration and enjoy the rewards, she says. But others, less enlightened, may not do so well. There is a generation of employees — perhaps emboldened by Uber drivers gaining greater rights — kicking back against what many see as the exploitation of zero-hours contracts and other aspects of the “gig economy.”
The pendulum could be swinging. And only the most short-sighted employers should think that paying their workers a little bit more or giving them the odd perk will halt its progress.
Exeter has a relatively new medical school:
But we need more places for doctors and nurses to train – as pointed out by Patrick Cockburn in the weekend i-newspaper:
And one of the demands before the Brexit vote was for more such training in the UK – rather than having to rely on migrant medics.
As one interviewee said to David Aaronvitch, immediately after the vote, “I do think there could be more training for our children.” (at 2mins 10):
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT:
As the University of Exeter notes, “Almost one-third of the UK’s major environmental research organisations are based in the South West”:
Plymouth is part of that pioneering research:
And Exeter has the Met Office – with several contacts here in the Sid Valley:
Specifically, though, the government has been urged to do its bit, as reported over the weekend:
Report says South West needs ‘levelling up’ as much as ‘red wall’ north
Pennon, the South West’s biggest employer and parent company of South West Water, has written a document on behalf of the Great South West economic task force calling for the region not to be overlooked in the Government’s plans. The report demands a “green jobs boom” to stop the brain drain of talented young people leaving the region.
The report, Levelling Up the Great South West: A G7 Legacy, analyses every parliamentary constituency in Devon and Cornwall and says they deserve as much political attention as those in the electoral battleground of the so-called “red wall” in the North of England and Midlands…
The new figures point to some of the biggest economic challenges facing England’s two most south-westerly counties. Yet the report says that with the right investment and support the Great South West has huge potential too.
The combination of the natural environment and environmental science specialisms in the region means Devon, Cornwall and the wider South West could set its sights on becoming Britain’s greenest regional economy, turning global concerns over sustainability into locally-led economic growth.
And business is also doing its bit, as these news stories from the last couple of days show:
WORKING FROM HOME:
Finally, there is the promise of being able to do something ‘interesting’ here in Devon without having to emigrate elsewhere – as covered extensively on these pages:
And today’s papers are saying this will become a permanent feature:
With ‘work hubs’ popping up everywhere to help:
Sidmouth has its own: Covid made this hub unviable and it, sadly, closed in 2022
logo: Sidmouth Science Festival: ‘clean growth’