Policy Forum for Wales

Apprenticeships in Wales - quality, qualifications and opportunities for improving provision

November 2019

This conference is discussing the next steps for Apprenticeships in Wales.

Delegates will discuss issues raised in the wide-ranging consultation for the independent Maximising the Value of Apprenticeships to Wales report, which looked at:

  • The quality of Apprenticeships;
  • Pathways to good jobs and career progression;
  • Tackling skills shortages; and
  • Contributing to improved productivity more widely in Wales.

As the Welsh Government considers its response to the report, this conference is bringing together policymakers with stakeholders to consider the implications and next steps.

It will also be an opportunity to discuss what can be learnt from the progress that has been made so far in meeting the Welsh Government’s target of creating 100,000 Apprenticeships over the current assembly term and in implementing its Apprenticeships Skills Policy Plan.

Further sessions discuss the future for higher Apprenticeships, and for funding, following calls for the Welsh Government to make provision to meet future demand.

Keynote speakers

  • Cassy Taylor, Director, Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales;
  • Jackie Gapper, Assistant Director, Estyn;
  • Gavin Jones, Head of Early Careers UK, Airbus; and
  • Helen Bready, Nations Policy and Stakeholder Manager, City & Guilds.

The agenda

  • Ensuring high standards of Apprenticeships training provision in Wales;
  • How the Apprenticeship system in Wales is viewed by employers across the UK;
  • Key findings in the Maximising the Value of Apprenticeships to Wales report;
  • Qualifications in Apprenticeships in Wales: maintaining quality in a changing employment landscape;
  • Priorities for reform:
    • Expanding Degree Apprenticeship provision;
    • The role of training providers in a future reformed Apprenticeship system;
    • Widening access to Apprenticeships; and
    • Increasing provision of Apprenticeships through the medium of Welsh.
  • Priorities for Apprenticeship training including standards, funding, and the contribution to meeting skills needs.

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