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Next steps for skills and apprenticeships in Wales - policy, support, post-pandemic recovery, access and inclusion, and meeting future skills needs

Morning, Monday, 4th April 2022


This timely conference looks at next steps for skills and apprenticeships in Wales.


It comes with major policy announcements being made in the Programme for Government, including the launch of the Young Person’s Guarantee which aims to support under 25-year-olds into education, training or work, and create 125,000 all-age apprenticeships in Wales - and with wider measures to drive economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Cassy Taylor, Director of Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales; and a senior speaker confirmed from the National Training Federation Wales.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • implementation - practicalities and how best to harness policy to support post-pandemic recovery, regeneration and employment opportunities
  • careers guidance - high quality tailored provision for young people and mature learners
  • skills development - support, and the future for initiatives such as the extended Apprenticeship Employer Incentive Scheme
  • inclusion - improving access to training and development, raising awareness, tackling inequalities and improving diversity
  • flexible working - the impact of the growth of working from home, and the Welsh Government's long-term aim for this to grow to 30% of the workforce
  • the future economy - what more is needed from the skills and training system to ensure it is agile and can meet emerging skills needs

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Cassy Taylor

Director of Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales

Senior speaker confirmed from National Training Federation Wales

Chair

Sam Rowlands MS

Speakers

Kathryn Robson

Chief Executive, Adult Learning Wales

Yana Williams

Chief Executive, Coleg Cambria

Simon Biggs

Early Careers Manager, Renishaw

Professor Michael Woods

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University

Gareth Wyn Evans

Head of Construction Wales Innovation Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David