This seminar focuses on the next steps for employability policy in Wales.
It will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to assess the challenges for implementing the Welsh Government’s Employability plan - which outlines its approach to skills development and tackling joblessness - as well as to consider what further action may needed to be taken going forward.
Delegates will examine the Welsh Government’s ‘Economic Contract’ - which will require employers to take responsibility for staff up-skilling, morale and wellbeing - looking at the key issues around employer engagement and uptake, the resources that may need to be put in place to underpin its success, and priorities for supporting the promotion of inclusive working practices.
Attendees will also consider how Wales’ apprenticeships system might better meet the skill needs of key sectors, and examine opportunities for addressing local challenges through the creation of regional plans.
The discussion also takes place as the scheme Communities for Work Plus is launched, with the aim to provide mentoring and support to address barriers to employment, and it will be an opportunity for delegates to look at priorities and potential measures for these and other employment pathways.
In light of obligations laid out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act, further sessions will consider what more might be done to future-proof Wales’ skills and employment infrastructure, and ensure it is able to respond to major changes - such as Brexit, work automation, and the shift in Wales towards a greener economy.