Employability and Skills Wales Convention 2019

  05/11/2019 09:30   Event ID :15620

Securing lifelong employability and opportunities for young people and adults

Learning and Work Institute is pleased to bring you this year’s Employability and Skills Convention Wales.

The Employability and Skills Convention is a key event for policy makers, practitioners and leaders across the sector in Wales.  It brings the sector together to help share the latest thinking, research and developments and to influence future policy.

With the world of work continuing to change rapidly and policy-makers recognising the importance of learning through life, this year the Convention will examine the challenge of lifelong employability and how to support young people and adults at all stages of their lives.

Minister for the Economy and Transport Ken Skates AM will deliver the keynote speech, and workshops will cover priority policy areas including offender learning and employability, traineeships, opportunities for young people, the role of housing associations in raising skill levels, supporting in-work progression, and developing sector priorities for the 2021 Assembly Elections.

With around 150 delegates from across the sector, the Convention is an important opportunity to network, to hear the latest developments and research, and to shape the future direction of policy in Wales.

For more than a decade the Employability and Skills Convention has brought the sector in Wales together and helped to stimulate new thinking and to support good practice.  This year, as Wales prepares for the impact of Brexit and how to grapple with the changing nature of work and the future of skills, the Convention will look at how we can create the right pathways for young people and develop a system that supports lifelong employability.

If you are interested in running a workshop or having an exhibition stand at either event, please register your interest with Wendy Ellaway-Lock


Draft Agenda

09:30          Registration and Exhibitions

10:00          Convention Welcome – David Hagendyk, Learning and Work Institute 

10:05          Sponsors’ WelcomeLouise Casella, The Open University in Wales

10:15          Keynote addressKen Skates AM, Minister for Economy and Transport

10:35          Report of the Digital Innovation ReviewProfessor Phil Brown, Cardiff University

10:55          Building a Better Wales – Lessons from EuropeDr Rachel Bowen, Colegau Cymru

11:10          Service User

11:20          Break and Exhibitions

11:40         Workshops

.                         Employability Plan Update

.                        Where are labour markets in Wales going in 2019-20? The state of the labour market now and looking to the future

.                         Supporting young people in employment: how local authorities are utilising ESF in SE Wales

.                         Wellbeing at work:  Challenges and Solutions

.                         The need for learning – The need for work

12:40          Lunch and Exhibitions

13:25          Workshops

.                        Learning and employment – the journey from prison to the community

.                         Traineeships

.                         Triple Glazed Ceiling:  Barriers to BAME women participating in the economy

.                         Introduction to Personal Learning Accounts

.                         Communities that Work – The vital role of Housing in developing skills and supporting employment

14:25          Break and Exhibitions

14:40          Plenary

.                          Labour Market Challenges and Delivering lifetime employability – Stephen Evans, Learning and Work Institute

.                          Future Generations Commissioner for Wales – speaker to be confirmed

15:40          Panel Discussion – The Roaring 20s – priorities for the coming decade

16:00          Conference Close


09:30 – 16:00


City Hall, Cardiff


£195 (Public and Private Sector)

£100 (Voluntary/Community Sector/L&W Supporter)


Early bird discount available until 11th October

£175 (Public/Private sector)

£80 (Voluntary/Community Sector/L&W supporter)

Keynote Speaker

Ken Skates, AM, Minister for Economy and Transport

Lead Sponsor


Sponsor Welcome

The Open University was founded 50 years ago, with a vision to make higher education open to everyone. Today, we’re proud that out of nearly 10,000 OU students living in Wales, 42% come from Wales’ most disadvantaged areas. The OU has never been more vital to so many people.

The OU in Wales’ mission is to open up learning to even more learners in Wales – people who, either because of their background or barriers put in front of them, didn’t think that a university education was for them. We work with people in employment and those who aren’t, and we’re especially proud of the work we do with students in prison or secure environments. We’re also here for those who want to go back to learning, people who either want to improve their knowledge in the chosen field or want to take a new career path.

Employability matters to us. We want to support our students, no matter where they are in life, to be prepared for the world of work after they graduate. We’re involved in the GO Wales programme and have a partnership with Santander, working with organisations across Wales to offer give valuable work placements to our students.

We’re building more links that ever before with the business community in Wales. Last year, we introduced a new degree apprenticeship in applied software engineering, funded by the Welsh Government through HEFCW. We’re working with employers across Wales to develop their staff skillsets and continuing professional development packages. We have a team of staff covering Wales who can come to speak to organisations and assess your needs.

And we have OpenLearn. It’s our open online learning portal, which contains over 1000 free courses, as well as videos and articles. The best part is this: it’s totally free, so please take a look.

We’d love to work with you and your organisation. Get in touch.

Email wales-partnerships@open.ac.uk

Call 029 2047

Louise Casella, Director

The Open University in Wales

Convention Supporter