Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for apprenticeships in Wales: funding, design and participation

Thursday, 9th February 2017

Central Cardiff


With the Welsh Government setting an ambitious goal of delivering an additional 100,000 Apprenticeship starts over the 5-year Assembly term, this conference will be an opportunity to discuss the practical challenges for government, employers and training providers in order to deliver this.

Delegates will discuss steps that can be taken to improve demand by more effectively promoting the Apprenticeship route to young people and also to improve supply by engaging more employers, particularly SMEs, in recruiting apprentices. Sessions will also include discussion on increasing the number of Higher (degree equivalent) Apprenticeships; the future funding arrangements for Apprenticeships - in light of on-going discussions over how the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy will impact Wales - and also the next steps in the development of new frameworks for the standards and assessment of Apprenticeships in Wales.

Guest of Honour

Julie James AM

Minister for Skills and Science, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Julie James AM

Minister for Skills and Science


Keith Henson

Business Development Manager, Coleg Ceredigion

Mark Bodger

Director of Strategic Partnerships, CITB Wales

Alison Cox

Head of Apprenticeships, Chartered Management Institute

Elgan Morgan

Policy & Public Affairs Manager, South Wales Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Thraves

Director of Education, Prospects

Allison Hunt

Operations Manager, National Skills Academy for Nuclear

Jenine Gill

Founder and Director, Little Inspirations Day Nursery

Fiona Argent

Manager, Centre for Work Based Learning, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Hywel White

Business Development Manager Wales, City & Guilds

Sarah John

National Chair of the Executive Board, National Training Federation Wales