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Minister attends launch of second Regional Skills and Employment Plan

The Minister for Skills and Science Julie James congratulated the Regional Skills Partnership in North Wales on the development of their Regional Skills and Employment Plan 2017-18.

This is their second annual plan, launched at their Regional Skills Summit in Venue Cymru on Thursday (29th Sept).

The North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB) and the Skills and Employment work-stream forms the Regional Skills Partnership in North Wales. 

It delivers co-ordination and support at a regional level, aligned closely with other workstreams which are supporting supply chains and further investment in transport and infrastructure, and providing opportunities for greater cross-border working and collaboration. 

The shared vision is for a confident, cohesive region with sustainable economic growth, capitalising on the success of high value economic sectors and its connection to the economies of the Northern Powerhouse and Ireland. 

Their aim is to develop the region’s skills base and drive employment, improving the supply of advanced skills in high value economic clusters and tackling unemployment of all types. 

Speaking at the summit, the Minister said:

“Regional Skills Partnerships are at the centre of the Welsh Skills Policy direction. 

“In Wales, the ambition 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.”

“Regional employment and skills plans, produced by regional skills 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, Welsh Government plans to deliver a post-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.

An interactive online version of the North Wales Regional Skills and Employment Plan can be found on the NWEAB website.


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