Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee - Wednesday, 28th September, 2022 10.00 am

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Declarations of Interest


There were no disclosable pecuniary interests.


In relation to Minute 16/22 below relating to “Jobs and Skills – Coventry Skills Strategy” the Committee noted that Cllr Bigham was an ambassador for the Workers Education Association.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 286 KB


The Minutes of the meeting held on 20th July 2022 were agreed and signed as a true record.


There were no mattes arising.


Jobs and Skills - Coventry Economic Development Strategy 2022-2027 pdf icon PDF 358 KB

Report of the Director of Business, Investment and Culture

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The Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change introduced the item and the purpose of an Economic Development Strategy, which built on the achievements of the previous Strategy. The Strategy acknowledged the changing economy and positioned Coventry and the sub-region as the place to locate their businesses and invest in the City.


The Committee received a report of the Director of Business, Investment and Culture, which would be considered by Cabinet at their meeting on 11 October, 2022, together with a presentation on the Coventry Economic Development Strategy 2022-2027 which highlighted the following points:


·  Coventry’s new Economic Development Strategy 2022-2027 would build on the achievements of the Coventry Economic Growth and Prosperity Strategy 2018-2022.

·  It was one of the key strategies for delivering the objectives of the new One Coventry Plan 2022-2030, and it was also particularly strongly integrated with the new Coventry Skills Strategy.

·  As well as replacing the current Economic Growth and Prosperity Strategy, which expired at the end of 2022, a new Economic Development Strategy (“EDS”) was needed that provides a holistic framework for facilitating the sustainable growth of Coventry’s economy.

·  This was vital as Coventry and the wider West Midlands region continued to recover from the recession generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, growing challenges around adjusting to new UK-EU trading regulations after Brexit and wider global supply chain disruption, inflation, and the cost of living and cost of doing business.

·  The new Economic Development Strategy would be integral to delivering the objectives of the 2022- 2030 One Coventry Plan. It would be central to the objective of Increasing Economic Prosperity, by creating the conditions for local businesses to thrive, new investment to come into the city and the creation of new good quality job and training opportunities. Through providing the framework for sustainable economic development and enabling all residents to benefit from new employment and training opportunities created, the Strategy will also be key to tackling the causes of climate change and tackling inequalities. These actions would also cement the Council’s role as a partner, enabler and leader in shaping the local economy, and would help to improve the financial sustainability of the Council.

·  The vision of the Strategy was to “deliver a strong and resilient economy, where inclusive growth is promoted and delivered, businesses are enabled to innovate and grow, and new local jobs are created.” To achieve this vision, the following would take place, through eight interlinked pillars which were outlined to the Committee:

  facilitating a sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and challenging economic climate driven by inflation and rising cost of living and cost of doing business, creating the platform for longer-term growth and prosperity

  delivering a first-class support infrastructure that responds to our businesses’ needs and opportunities

  securing maximum public and private investment to deliver infrastructure projects that create the conditions for economic growth and job creation

  securing job creation, growth and prosperity through attracting and supporting business investment from both the UK and overseas  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.


Jobs and Skills - Coventry Skills Strategy 2022-2030 pdf icon PDF 457 KB

Report of the Chief Partnerships Officer/Director of Education and Skills

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The Committee received a report of the Chief Partnerships Officer/ Director of Education and Skills, which would be considered by Cabinet on 11 October, 2022, together with a presentation on the Coventry Economic Development Strategy 2022-2027 which highlighted the following points:


The report indicated that this was Coventry’s first ever citywide Skills Strategy. The Coventry Skills Strategy took a holistic approach to the skills system from early years through to lifelong learning to achieve the best outcomes for our residents and businesses. It would play a pivotal role in delivering on the ambitions of the ‘One Coventry 2022-2030 Plan’ in helping to increase the economic prosperity of the city, addressing climate change and tackling inequalities within our communities.


The approach reflects collaborative principles of the One Council Plan with shared work across Council teams and services, residents, education/skills providers, employers, other public sector bodies and community organisations. It served as a ‘framework for action’ with partners learning and developing creative solutions to skills challenges together to meet our three Strategic Ambitions and the eight Priority areas within them:


  Strategic Ambition 1: A comprehensive, citywide skills offer that raises aspirations and allows each and every resident throughout their lives to reach their full potential.

§  1. Skills Levels: To improve the overall skills levels of Coventry residents.

§  2. Aspiration: Further develop a skills system that inspires residents to achieve from primary school through to lifelong learning.

§  3. Progression Pathways: Providing a clear line of sight for people to progress through Coventry’s skills system.

  Strategic Ambition 2: A skills ecosystem which ensures that all, including those most in need, are able to participate in, progress and achieve success.

§  4. Community: A skills system which meets the needs of all residents and is widely accessed by all Coventry communities, including newly arrived communities.

§  5. Inclusion: A skills system which is fully inclusive and representative of our diverse City.

§  6. Highest Needs: A skills system which supports those most in need, with a ‘proportionate universalism’ approach, helping people out of poverty and creating a more equal City.

  Strategic Ambition 3: A flexible and responsive system that works together with our growing, investing and local businesses to deliver the right skills mix for our dynamic labour market.

§  7. Skills for business: A skills system which provides the skills required by Coventry’s businesses, both current and future and contributes to economic growth and the prosperity of the City and Region.

§  8. Social Value and Sustainability: A skills system which is well positioned to maximise increased commitment to social justice, respect, community, and responsibility including Coventry’s commitment to tackling climate change.


The presentation indicated  that there were three key shared goals between the  Economic Development Strategy and the Skills Strategy

-  Skills and opportunities in the City are right for investment

-  Co-designing skills solutions for businesses

-  In work upskilling


Following the presentation, together with the presentation referred to in Minute 15 above, the Committee asked  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Co-option of Other Faiths Representatives to the Scrutiny Board pdf icon PDF 197 KB

Briefing Note of the Director of Law and Governance


Further to amendments to the Constitution in relation to the co-opted Members  for Education matters appointments for the Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee and the Education and Children’s Services Scrutiny Board (2) , the Committee considered a Briefing Note of the Director of Law and Governance seeking approval to the appointment  of Mr Ghulam Vohra to the Committee as the  representative from other faith groups in the City for Education matters.


The Briefing Note outlined the process for nomination, together with the outstanding vacancies for co-opted Members.


RESOLVED that under Part 2D, Section 6.1 (e) of the Constitution, the Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee approves the co-option of Mr Ghulam Vohra as a non-voting co-optee to the Committee for Education matters.



Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee Work Programme and Outstanding Issues 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 357 KB

Report of the Director of Law and Governance



Any Other Items of Urgent Public Business

Any other items of public business which the Chair decides to take as a matter of urgency because of the special circumstances involved.


There were no other items of urgent public business.