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Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Mapping

Through the Employment and Skills Plan 2019-22, the Cardiff Capital Region Skills Partnership (CCRSP) has identified ‘Establishing more effective approaches to careers information, advice and guidance to address issues of sector perception and promote the key sectors as viable career options’ as an underpinning theme.

In this context, the CCRSP has supported the development of the CCR Graduate Scheme, local initiatives such as Cardiff Commitment and National programmes including Education Business Exchange and Business Class. The CCRSP is also keen to:

  • Encourage business to engage with schools for the introduction of the new Curriculum for Wales.
  • Support Careers Wales to promote parity of esteem between academic and vocational pathways.
  • Work with sector groups to produce sector specific careers resources to address misconceptions of perception of industry and address the gender imbalance.

In October 2020 stakeholders told the CCRSP that there is general consistency in the careers related challenges faced by employers, which include schools being too focussed on attainment measures, ensuring relevance of information, advice, and guidance for young people, and the need to develop better links between schools and industry and addressing outdated sector perceptions.

In attempt to deliver against these challenges, the CCRSP has been working collaboratively with Careers Wales and commissioned Wavehill to lead a strategic research project to map the employer directed careers information, advice, and guidance activities across the CCRSP priority sectors. This project concluded in October 2021 and identified good practice, case studies and potential gaps that need to be addressed into the future.
CIAG Skills Report – November 2021

Informing Welsh Governments COVID-19 pathway to recovery:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has had a significant impact on the economy and the skills agenda since the outbreak began around January 2020.

To better understand the impact on skills, the CCRSP has continued to liaise with key employers across the South East Wales region to obtain soft Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) and advise Welsh Government on future prioritisation of skills funding to inform a demand-led skills system.

Since the submission of the last COVID-19 Impact report (May 2021), the CCRSP has again engaged with regional employers to better understand on-going skills related challenges. Soft intelligence has been gathered which has informed the content of the latest report which was submitted to Welsh Government at the end of October 2021.

These reports are being used to inform the pathway to recovery and focus specifically on staffing, recruitment, skills demand and mismatch, in-house training and work based learning.
Welsh Government COVID Report – October 2021

Your Career, Your Future

The CCRSP have worked in partnership with Careers Wales and the DWP to deliver a successful virtual careers event which took place on the 20th October, with events also being held in North Wales, Mid Wales and South West Wales by the respective Regional Skills Partnerships.

The event was targeted towards individuals negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and who may be at risk of redundancy following the end of the UK Governments Job Retention Scheme.

The virtual event was delivered via a digital platform and included live exhibitions to showcase career opportunities across the CCRSP priority sectors. Employers, training providers and employment support organisations were able to promote a broad range of vacancies to potential candidates and specialist input was provided by the CS Connected Cluster, the CITB, Creative Wales, Social Care Wales, Springboard, and the Road Haulage Association.
Your Career, Your Future

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