Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for apprenticeships in Wales

Morning, Thursday, 19th April 2018

Park Inn Hotel, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH


This seminar will focus on the priorities for apprenticeships in Wales.

It comes two years into the Welsh Government’s commitment to deliver 100,000 Apprenticeships over the course of the Assembly and a year after the UK Government’s introduction of the Apprenticeships Levy.

Those attending will discuss the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeships Skills Policy Plan released in February 2017, which focused on the four key areas of increasing the number of 16-19 apprenticeships, addressing skills shortages, developing higher level skills and developing skills pathways.

Delegates will discuss the progress that has been made so far in implementing the plan and delivering 100,000 apprenticeships and the steps needed to successfully deliver the rest of the plan.

Further sessions will discuss the role of Apprenticeships within the Welsh Government’s Employability Delivery Plan, alongside the challenges of funding apprenticeships once European Structural Funding ends.

Guest of Honour

Samantha Huckle

Head of Apprenticeships, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Samantha Huckle

Head of Apprenticeships, Welsh Government

Keynote Speaker

Councillor Debbie Wilcox

Joint Cabinet Lead for Employment and Skills, Cardiff Capital Region and Leader, WLGA


David J Rowlands AM

Member, Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

Adam Price AM

Member, Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee


Huw Mathias

Training Delivery Manager, Tata Steel

Simon Pirotte

Principal, Bridgend College

Steve Williams

Skills and Employability Manager, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Sarah John

National Chair, National Training Federation Wales

Carmen Smith

Deputy President, NUS Wales

Kevin Pascoe

Employer Engagement Manager, The Open University in Wales

Sharron Lusher

Principal, Pembrokeshire College

Ben Cottam

Head of External Affairs for Wales, Federation of Small Businesses

Kieron Rees

Policy Adviser, Skills, Apprenticeships and Schools, Universities Wales

Gareth Williams

Standards and Qualifications Manager, CITB Wales

Kevern Kerswell

Chief Executive, Agored Cymru