Organisations within the Derbyshire Peak District, face unique challenges in attracting and retaining staff. Poor connectivity across the region presents difficulties for workers without their own transport, limiting employment opportunities. The area also struggles to attract younger people deterred by high property prices in parts of the region. Covid and Brexit have worsened the situation resulting in significant regional staff losses and skills shortages because of displacement and business closures.
This project, underpinned by the notion of a ‘sense of belonging’ and a holistic place-based approach, is designed to help rural enterprises attract and retain workers in the region.
The research is being funded through NICRE’s Research and Innovation Fund.