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.