Ein Sgiliau, Ein Dyfodol: Hyrddio Newid / Our Skills, Our Future: Driving C...

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09:30 Registration, Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition

10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 The Partnership’s journey to the 2018 Employment and Skills Plan

The panel will highlight the importance of engagement with the private and public sector, how this engagement influenced the recommendations contained within the 2018 plan and the delivery of skills training through the training providers.

Paul Greenwood, Chair of Regional Learning and Skills Partnership

Huw Matthias, Chair of RLSP Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Cluster

Barry Liles, Chair of the RLSP Provider Group

10:50 Official launch of the Regional Employment and Skills Plan 2018 by the Minister of Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning

11:05 Creating our Future Workforce

The panel will focus on the new opportunities that are being developed to ensure that our future workforce have the right skills to meet the needs of employers.

Louise Harris, The Big Learning Company

Gemma Hallett, MiFuture

Tracey Jones, Apprenticeship Unit, Welsh Government

Linda Davis, Prosperous Futures

11:45 Break for workshops (refreshments will be provided)

This will be an opportunity for delegates to find out more and discuss specific areas of interest. (Please choose one)

Workshop A - How we can support Employers to support Education - from ‘old school’ to ‘new world’

Careers Wales offers an opportunity to learn about the new and exciting ways in which employers can be brought into the classroom – both physically and digitally. Come and find out about our current ‘offer’ to schools and the exciting plans we have for the future. We will be demonstrating some of our new developments – such as Careers Wales TV and our Virtual Reality headsets and can update you about our plans using augmented reality. We can also discuss with you our many education-employer projects and let you know about our ‘Education Business Exchange’.

Workshop B - Employment Opportunities for Ex-offenders

HM Prison and Probation Service in Wales are looking to develop closer partnerships with employers to help them develop learning, skills and employability provision in the prison which can lead to real jobs for ex-offenders on release from prison.

Workshop C – Apprenticeships - Everything you need to know

The Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship Skills Policy and Five Year Action Plan was launched in 2017, this workshop will provide an update on progress, system change and future challenges.

Welsh Government has also launched support for degree apprenticeships at Level 6 in the priority sectors of ICT/computing, engineering and advanced manufacturing. A progress report on the development of degree apprenticeships and opportunities will be covered in this workshop.

NTFW who support the work will provide information on how to get apprentices into your business and the service they provide to industry.

Workshop D – Supporting people with disabilities into employment

The Welsh Government’s Employability Plan recognises the importance of increasing the number of disabled people in work and is working with partners across the disability sector towards this aim and developing a number of actions to help close the disability employment gap in Wales. This workshop will look at these issues and discuss what more can be done.

12:45 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Driving Change through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

What will the Welsh economy look like in 50 years time? What role will Innovation and Entrepreneurship play in building a resilient economy in South West and Mid Wales? How do we anticipate future skills needs and develop a flexible workforce? What role will the Entrepreneur of the future play?

Jon Wood, Innovate UK

Ceri Jones, Swansea University

Julia Chesney-Roberts, River Simple

Caroline Thompson, Be the Spark

14:30 Closing Remarks

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