Helping Cheshire and Warrington Recover from COVID-19 through Education
Education has been a hot topic among local communities for a while, but the effects of COVID-19 on communities around England has brought renewed awareness on the need for residents to be better equipped to manage the transition into a post-COVID world.
For numerous years, Cheshire and Warrington has had one of the fastest growing economies across the country, however as is the case with other regions, COVID-19 has impacted the local economy. Local residents who claim unemployment doubled during the first lockdown in March 2020.
As Cheshire and Warrington looks to recover from the impact of COVID-19, education will be at the forefront of residents thinking. The Local Skills Report for Cheshire and Warrington issued in May 2021, has outlined a number of key skills needs for residents. These include:
- Equipping 71,000 adults with qualifications Level 3 and above;
- Increase the gender disparities for Level 3 qualifications in IT, Engineering, Health and Social Care and Construction;
- Increase female participation in digital skills
- Decrease the 2% number of unemployed across the area with new curriculum pathways to access and more available job training
- Increase the demand for higher level technical skills to grow due to the changing nature of work