Employment and Skills Plan launched in Cardiff capital Region

Employment and Skills Plan launched in Cardiff capital Region

An eight-point employment and skills plan, which prioritises areas for skills investment to achieve social and economic benefits has been launched in the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR).

The plan has been launched by the Cardiff Capital Region’s key employment and skills body, Learning, Skills and Innovation Partnership (LSkIP) South East Wales.

The goal of the plan is to identify employment and skills priorities over short, medium and long-term periods to develop the social and economic potential of the regional economy.

The hope is that this will lead to a demand-led skills system driven by the needs of industry, helping to deliver employment and skills support.

The plan establishes eight regional priorities that it is believed will shape the success of the CCR over the coming years. These include:

  • Delivering employment and skills support for industry and infrastructure;
  • Supporting industry to address skills gaps and shortages;
  • Developing higher level skills to future proof the workforce;
  • Increasing the number of apprenticeships;
  • Improving industry engagement with education;
  • Improving destination data for better learner outcome;
  • Developing a regional employability plan; and
  • Developing succession planning for EU-funded programmes post-Brexit.

Leigh Hughes, chair of LSkIP Employment and Skills Board, said: “We need to unite as one and build upon the strengths of the region through positive partnership and collaboration to deliver a wide, knowledgeable, diversified and skilled workforce to allow us to grow and prosper.

“No one person or organization can solve the employability and skills demands of the region so we need to break down the ‘silos of self-interest’ and continue to build on the growing relationship between industry, education providers and Welsh Government to deliver future skills that will ensure the South-East Wales economy thrives and grows.”

To support the delivery of this goal, the £1.2billion CCR City Deal is working through the networks and structures of the already established Learning, Skills and Innovation Partnership (LSkIP) and the Employment and Skills Board.

These structures, hosted by local government and with the support of a wide variety of stakeholders, are being developed and extended to provide a regional vehicle to drive and deliver the City Deal employment and skills agenda.

Councillor Debbie Wilcox leader of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), said: “I am pleased that both the Skills Partnership and its Employment and Skills Board, of which I am a member, have been adopted as a part of the Cardiff Capital Region structure.

“Our ambition for the CCR City Deal is to deliver a high-performing and prosperous region that stimulates and supports regional investment.”