Policy Forum for Wales

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

October 2018

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.

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