Driving investment in skills!

The Regional Learning and Skills Partnership for South West Wales is one of 4 regional partnerships in Wales working to drive investment in skills by developing responses based upon local and regional need. We work across the counties of Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, and Swansea taking close consideration of the priorities of the Swansea Bay City Region, the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone and Port Talbot Enterprise Zone.

A primarily employer led partnership we strive to work across the region bridging the gap between education and regeneration in the hope of creating a strong and vibrant economy underpinned by innovation, growth and a capable workforce.

Regional Employment and Skills Planning...

Every 3 years, the RLSP produces a Regional Employment and Skills Plan based on the analysis of the economic challenges and likely growth areas for our region giving indication of the possible skills requirements for the future.

Additionally, we are also involved in ongoing research based around skills and education, providing access to relevant and timely labour market intelligence to our partners, working closely with the regional engagement teams to ensure the strategic fit of funding proposals and building strong working relationships with key employers in the region.

The range of stakeholders, organisations and sectors represented ensures that the RLSP is fully informed and supported in their aim of improving the economic and social well-being of the people living, working and training across the region.

The RLSP is leading on the Swansea Bay City Deal skills and talent programme.

About us

The Regional Learning and Skills Partnership For South West Wales...

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About the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership board

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About Skills and Talent Programme

The Skills and Talent project aims to deliver a regional solution for the identification and delivery of the skills and training requirements for all City Deal projects.

Working alongside partners from the private sector, higher and further education, schools and the third sector, the project team will map out gaps in current provision and establish the skills and training needed for students, teachers and lecturers both now and in future.

Bespoke education and training solutions will then be introduced, which align to the needs of industry and key City Deal themes. Investment will include funding for equipment and the development of courses to support the projects


The Board

The Regional Learning and Skills Partnership (RLSP) Board plays an integral part in the development and delivery of the partnership.

The RLSP Board is led by a private industry Chair and is made up of industry representatives of each of the priority sectors; employer groups; members of the training bodies; Government agencies and Welsh Government (as Observers). The aim of the Board is to work with Industry and Training providers in the region to identify the gaps in skills required by industry and to develop solutions to deliver the training in the region.


Edward Morgan

Chair Of the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership
Castell Howell Foods


Paul Greenwood

Chair of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Cluster Group
Teddington Engineered Solutions


Barry Liles

Chair of the Provider Cluster Group


Ken Pearson

Chair of the Construction Cluster Group
Bluestone Builders


Neil Kedward

Chair of the Tourisim, Lesiure & Retail Cluster Group
The Seren Collection


Barry Walters

Represnting Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone
Pembrokeshire College


Arwyn Watkins

Representing NTFW
Cambrian Training Company


Rhys Morgan

Department of Work and Pensions


Mandy Ifans

Careers Wales


Mark Jones

Representing Further Education
Gower College Swansea


Kathryn Robson

Adult Learning Wales


Rob Basini

Federation of Small Businesses


David Madge

Representing the third sector
Wales Coop


Eleri Lewis

Welsh Government


Helen Griffiths

Swansea University


Helen Morgan-Rees

Swansea Council


Huw Mathias

Chair of the public sector cluster group
South Wales Police


Jason Jones

Carmarthenshire County Council


Linsey Imms



Nick Longar

Chair of the digital cluster group,
Swansea Building Society


Paul Butterworth

Chambers Wales

Meet our team

Regional Learning and Skills Partnership team

Jane Lewis

Regional Partnerships Manager

Jane manages the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership as well as the Regional Engagement Team for the Swansea Bay City Region. Her role involves the facilitation and development of step-change, collaborative working and ultimately improvement for the stakeholders in the region for the benefit of learners and employers across the region. Jane also leads the development and delivery of the Skills and Talent Initiative under the Swansea Bay City Deal.

Robert Holdcroft

Development Co-ordinator

Roberts’s role is to support the development and delivery of the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership and the Skills and Talent Initiative. His role extends to leading on the development of the Regional Employment and Skills Plan for South West Wales and to assist the RLSP Manager in partnership activity. Robert also maintains the Regional Learning & Skills Data Portal.

Peredur Emlyn

Research and Projects Officer

Peredur provides a range of support to the RLSP and its ongoing programme of work including the Regional Employment and Skills Plan and Skills and Talent Initiative. Peredur also supports in the facilitation of the RLSP’s industry cluster groups.

Sara Nicholls

Development and Employer Liaison Officer

Sara is responsible for developing and implementing a communication strategy for the Partnership to build awareness and inform stakeholders of RLSP activities. She is also responsible for developing website and social media content and producing our e-bulletin and marketing materials. Sara is also heavily involved in employer liaison and the development and delivery of the partnership’s industry cluster groups.

Meet our team

Swansea Bay City Deal Skills and Talent Team

Sam Cutlan

Swansea Bay City Deal Skills and Talent Programme Manager

Sam’s role is to lead on the delivery of the Skills and Talent Initiative. This entails developing projects with key stakeholders to meet the skills needs for the region and develop the career pathways from school age through to upskilling in the workforce. Her role extends to taking the lead on managing the day-to-day operation of the Skills and Talent programme supporting the Regional Partnership manager on all aspects including development of projects, financial and risk management stakeholder engagement forums in relation to the development of skills and talent across the region, with a particular focus on the other 8 City Deal Projects skills needs.

Leanne Roberts

Swansea Bay City Deal Skills Development Project Officer

Leanne works across the region with stakeholders to develop and support projects that deliver the key outcomes of the Skills and Talent programme. Leanne is responsible for mapping regional provision, identifying skills gap opportunities and lead the development of projects with partners to meet the skills and training requirements for the 8 City Deal programmes.

Julian Lloyd

Career Pathway Project Officer

Julian is responsible for working with Local Authority Education departments, school head teachers and Careers Wales to support the development of an awareness of the opportunities that will be generated by the 8 City Deal programmes and to support the development of key skills within the new curriculum in schools.

Enfys Stallard

Quality, Performance and Monitoring Officer

Enfys is responsible for managing the quality and performance for both the Skills and Talent Programme and for the grants it administers. Enfys ensures that the programme is delivered in a compliant manner for the funders and she monitors the impact of the funding awarded through the programme and reports on progress to the Skills Solution Group and Programme Board.

The aims of the RLSP in promoting the economic and social well-being of the region have gained additional significance, and we look forward to help develop skills across all sectors. I would encourage all businesses to join with the RLSP in ensuring that we have a real opportunity to develop the key skills that the region needs for the future
Chair of the RLSP



Future Skills for the Future Workforce

The Future Skills for the Future workforce event held in June saw the most successful RLSP event to date with 200 young people, 180 delegates and over 30 exhibitors all under the same roof at the Swansea.com Stadium, showcasing of all the exciting... read more

Launch of Employment and Skills Plan 2022 - 2025

Launch of Employment and Skills Plan 2022 - 2025
Business leaders and organisations who are passionate about the future of skills in the South West Wales last week packed a conference room at the Swansea.com Stadium for the official launch of the Employment & Skills Plan 2022 – 2025. The theme ... read more

RLSP Launch of Employment and Skills Plan 2022



Regional Employment and Skills Plans and the Planning and Funding Template are currently the main mechanism for RSPs to inform Welsh Government’s strategic approach to the delivery of employment and skills provision.
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Data Portal

Find a range of up to date and robust information on the following:

Advance materials and manufacturing


Creative industries

Energy and Environment

Financial and professional services

Food and land management

Health and Social Care

Public Services

Tourism, Retail and Hospitality

Our data portal is an interactive online system providing local data and intelligence to support stakeholders across the region. Its aim is to improve the collection, sharing and analysis of key labour market information and support evidence based policy and decision making.

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The RLSP Team,
Carmarthenshire County Council,
Ty Parcyrhun,
New Road,
SA18 3EP.
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