Julie James AM, Minister for Skills and Science officially launched the Regional Employment and Skills Plan, South West and Mid Wales at the National Waterfront Museum on the 12th December 2016, the event brought together employers, education, public sector bodies and policymakers to help steer the skills agenda in the region.
The morning outlined the vision of the Skills Plan, which has been developed by the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership, to help ensure the gap is bridged between education and regeneration to create a strong and vibrant economy underpinned by innovation, growth and a capable workforce. Delegates were also provided with insights into the collaborative work that is being undertaken with employers and key partners from across the region and the importance of working with employers was emphasised by Paul Greenwood, Chair of the Strategic Employers Reference Group.
Speaking at the event, the minister for skills and science said:
“Creating more and better jobs in Wales, which are closer to home and aligned to local and regional economic demands and needs are key priorities for this government and we are committed to working with others to drive up skills activity and standards.
“Our ambition in Wales is to stimulate employment and skills activity by encouraging skills providers to link their delivery and funding plans to opportunities created by strategic investments and business growth in their regions and Regional Skills Partnerships are at the centre of the Welsh Skills Policy direction.
“Regional employment and skills plans, produced by each of these partnerships, will drive planning decisions for providers and provide a critical evidence base from which to make future skills investment decisions.
“Over the next five years, the Welsh Government plans to deliver a post-16 learning environment which is fit for purpose and sets Wales ahead of other nations of the UK and internationally. Regional skills delivery is at the heart of this approach and I am pleased to be in Swansea to launch South West and Mid Wales’ regional employment and skills plan.”
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