Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for employability in Wales: skills development, the new ‘Economic Contract’ and preparing for the future

Morning, Thursday, 20th September 2018

Central Cardiff


This conference will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to assess the challenges for implementing the Welsh Government’s recently-published Employability plan - which outlines its approach to tackling joblessness and skills development - as well as to consider what further action may needed to be taken going forward.

Delegates will examine the Welsh Government’s recently launched ‘Economic Contract’ - which will require employers to take responsibility for staff up-skilling, morale and wellbeing - looking at the key issues around employer engagement and uptake, the resources that may need to be put in place to underpin its success, and priorities for supporting the promotion of inclusive working practices.

Attendees will also consider how Wales’ apprenticeships system might better meet the skill needs of key sectors, and examine opportunities for addressing local challenges through the creation of regional plans.

In light of obligations laid out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act, further sessions will consider what more might be done to future-proof Wales’ skills and employment infrastructure, and ensure it is able to respond to major changes - such as Brexit, work automation, and the shift in Wales towards a greener economy.

Guest of Honour

Eluned Morgan AM

Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning

Guest of Honour

Eluned Morgan AM

Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning


Russell George AM

Chair, Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee


Jeff Protheroe

Director of Operations, National Training Federation for Wales

Martin Mansfield

General Secretary, Wales TUC

Paul Gray

Chief Executive, Tydfil Training

Gareth Parry

Chief Executive, Remploy

Jane Lewis

Regional Partnership Manager, South West and Mid Wales Regional Skills Partnership

Jonathan Martin

Deputy Principal, Merthyr Tydfil College

Professor Andrew Henley

Director of Research Engagement and Impact, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University; Vice-Chair, Capability Committee, Economic and Social Research Council and Board Member, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship