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Next steps for employability in Wales: skills development, the new ‘Economic Contract’ and preparing for the future

October 2018


Price: £150 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


The conference assessed the progress and challenges for the implementation of the Welsh Government’s Employability Plan - which outlined its approach to tackling joblessness and skills development - as well as to consider what further action may be needed to be taken going forward.


Further sessions considered the implementation of ‘Working Wales’ and the required actions to ensure success, such as: encouraging lifelong learning, engaging with employers to ensure training providers meet skills needs, the role of apprenticeships and the need to deliver work-ready graduates to employers.


Delegates also examined the new ‘Economic Contract’ - and looked 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.


Those in attendance also looked at economic trends and issues that have the potential to have a significant impact on the Welsh economy, namely: the impact of Brexit, the automation of labour, the UK productivity challenge, the growth of self employment and the shift toward a greener economy.



This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda