Employability and Skills Wales 2018

  19/11/2018 09:30   Event ID :12574

Two decades of devolution:  where next for employability and skills in Wales

2019 will mark twenty years of devolution in Wales.  In that time Wales has benefited from billions of pounds of European investment but voted to leave the EU.  Employment has remained strong but low paid jobs are still too prevalent and economic inactivity too high.  There is an increasingly distinct skills system in place but still far too many people do not have the qualifications they need.

The Employability and Skills Convention will assess last two decades and look forward to the challenges of the next twenty years.  It will consider what more we need to do to prepare young people for a rapidly changing world of work, how we can build ladders to help people progress out of low pay and what are the unsolved labour market challenges after two decades of devolution.  It will look at the evidence of what works and offer insight and learning to help providers, policy makers and practitioners to improve how they work.



09:30 – 16:00



Public/Private sector:  £195 + VAT

Voluntary/Community Sector:  £100 + VAT


Draft Programme

9.30am Registration Tea and Coffee Exhibition
10.15am Opening Plenary Session Welcome and purpose of the day

David Hagendyk, Director, Learning and Work Institute Cymru

10.20am Welcome from Lead Sponsor, Remploy Cymru
10.30am Twenty years of devolution: progress, failures and the future

Victoria Winkler (Director, Bevan Foundation)

Prof Phil Brown (Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University)

Stephen Evans (Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute)

11.20am Panel: Thinking about the next twenty years
11.45am Tea and coffee, exhibition
12.00pm Workshops

Where are labour markets in Wales going? The state of the labour market now and looking to the future

The evolution of prospective learner decision making

Wales at its Best: Tackling the Disability Employment Gap

Improving job progression in Wales

Update on Welsh Government Employability Action Plan

1.00pm Lunch Exhibition area
1.40pm Workshops

Capturing the best of ESF – How do we influence future skills and employability programmes

What future for young people

Improving education and employability for Welsh offenders

The future of the employability profession

Update on Welsh Government Employability Action Plan

2.45pm Keynote speech Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language


3.30pm Panel:  If I ran Wales: priorities for the next First Minister
4.00pm Reflections and closing remarks


Keynote Speaker

Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning


Lead Sponsor


Convention Supporters



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