Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for employability in Wales: developing and delivering 'Working Wales'

December 2017

This seminar focused on the priorities for employability support in Wales as the Welsh Government develops its Employability Delivery Plan ahead of it’s publication at the end of 2017.

It followed the announcement that the Plan will be underpinned by a new ‘Working Wales’ employability offer to be delivered from April 2019, which will replace programmes such as ReAct, Jobs Growth Wales and the Employability Skills Programme and Traineeships.

Delegates considered the challenges for developing a cross-government approach to employability that addresses modern employment practices, and for building on existing commitments to create 100,000 apprenticeships, and introduce employment and training hubs in areas of high deprivation.

Further sessions assessed priorities for ensuring effective support across all communities in Wales, including the role of the Valleys as a test bed, with jobs-growth the first priority in the Ministerial Taskforce for the Valley’s Our Valleys, Our Future action plan.

Attendees also considered the implications of Brexit on the funding of services, with EU Structural Funds set to cease in April 2019, opportunities to improve careers services, and the wider priorities for further developing Wales’ skills system across further education, apprenticeships and lifelong learning.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates