We are at the forefront of northern growth, and a flagship for successful devolution.
This key role in the Tees Valley Combined Authority is crucial in driving forward the SSI Task Force work.
The SSI Task Force was established in September 2015 to offer help and support to those affected by the closure of SSI. The Task Force brought together key partners including SSI representatives, local agencies, businesses, trade unions, MPs, council leaders and other stakeholders.
The Task Force has been able to directly access £47m from Government to deliver activities that support individuals and businesses affected by the closure. Additional funding has gone direct to colleges and through the Department for Work and Pensions to provide training courses and remove barriers to training or employment. Significant support has been put in place that has made a big difference to individuals and businesses with - 1,114 new jobs created through the funds, 408 jobs safeguarded through the funds, over 260 new businesses have been started, 51 former SSI apprentices found training or employment, over 14,000 training courses provided and 2086 of the 2,150 SSI and supply chain workers who made an initial claim for benefits have since ended that claim. However, much remains to be done to attract new investment and jobs to the Tees Valley and Redcar.
This post will focus on driving forward delivery through the Task Force activities, working with partners across Tees Valley to ensure that the approaches and flexibilities that have made such a difference so far are embedded in mainstream, and feed into future devolution proposals for the area.
Straddling the boundaries of County Durham and North Yorkshire, the Tees Valley covers five local authorities – Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland – with a combined population of 660,000.
The Combined Authority is one of only six areas in England to elect a Mayor in May 2017 and incorporates the highly successful Local Enterprise Partnership, and sustains strong links with the local business community and other partners. Together, we aim to create 25,000 jobs and £2.8bn extra growth by 2026.
You will have a demonstrable track record in establishing successful working relationships at a national and regional level in order to develop proposals in an economic growth context. You will also have knowledge of delivering regeneration projects, partnership working and experience and also excellent organisational skills.
In at the start of one of the first round of Mayoral Combined Authorities, you will have the opportunity to work both at the local level in the Redcar area with the delivery of the Task Force activities and at the strategic level in the Combined Authority in embedding lessons learnt from the Task Force and the development of future devolution proposals.
For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.