Workshops 2024

English | Cymraeg

Session 1

1. Workshop full

A Skills-Led Economy for Wales: Growing SMEs through Skills Development
Ben Cottam, Head of Wales
FSB Wales

This workshop will give an overview of recent work undertaken by FSB (Federation of Small Businesses and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) exploring the skills landscape of Wales and the needs of our smaller businesses. The workshop will outline SME requirements of the skills system and their understanding of the current landscape. Drawing on the report’s recommendations, the session will engage debate on some of the measures needed to reinforce and grow SME engagement with vocational and other skills interventions as well as to develop links with providers and institutions.

2. Benchmarking through Competition Activity

Emma Banfield, Project Manager
Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales

Providing an introduction to Skills Competitions this workshop will highlight the benefits of pressure testing and competition activity. It will discuss how competitions can develop key employability skills and be used as a tool for benchmarking employee skills to organisational and industry-wide standards.

3. Cymraeg 2050 – Developing a Workforce for a Bilingual Wales

Lisa O’Connor, Academic Manager
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

Information: This session will give attendees information on the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s role in developing Welsh medium and bilingual provision in the work-based learning sector. There will also be an opportunity to share ideas, resources and good practice.

4. Recruitment, Retention and Professional Regulation

Hayden Llewellyn, Chief Executive
Education Workforce Council

Work-based learning practitioners have been required by law to register with the Education Workforce Council (EWC) since 2017. This session will begin by presenting new data on the workforce in Wales, in particular the picture of recruitment and retention.

It will then proceed by inviting discussion on a number of the underpinnings of the EWC regulatory system for work-based learning practitioners, including the absence of a minimum qualification as a precursor to registration, ownership of the professional standards and differences in fitness to practise case trends (breaches of the Code of Conduct) by work-based learning practitioners compared to school teachers and FE lecturers.

Session 2

5. The Assessor and their Central and Key Role in the Apprentice Experience

Mark Evans, HMI and Jassa Scott, Strategic Director

The workshop will draw on inspection evidence about what works well including a focus on planning, the individual nature of effective ILP development and the integration of wider skills.

6. Mental Health Stigma in Workplace Settings

Rachelle Bright, Community & Employer Engagement Lead
Time to Change Wales (TtCW)

An interactive workshop which will explore why staff may not feel able to talk about mental health challenges at work. You will receive tools to manage long-term personal and team wellbeing and hear from a TtCW volunteer Champion who will share their own experiences of mental illness and the challenges they have overcome.

7. Exploring How Digital Technologies Can Enhance the Learning and Assessment Experience of Apprentices

Dean Seabrook, Senior Qualifications Manager
Qualifications Wales

Digital technologies are playing an increasingly prominent, and important, role in learning and assessment. This workshop considers some of the opportunities provided by digital technologies (including emerging artificial intelligence tools and systems) for enhancing the validity, manageability and engagement of assessments taken by apprentices – and invites learning providers to share their views on how technologies will shape the learning experiences of apprentices in the future.

8. Workshop full

Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges of AI
Rhys Daniels, Director Wales and Michael Webb, Director of Technology and Analytics
Jisc Wales

Jisc’s national centre for AI in tertiary education supports the responsible and effective adoption of artificial intelligence across the tertiary education sector.

In this session, we will explore the current state of AI and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges it presents. These include saving staff time, creating new learning and teaching opportunities, and adapting assessments to meet learners’ needs while ensuring robustness. We will also delve into the evolving expectations from learners. We will end by looking at the longer-term impact of today’s decisions and actions on both learners and institutions.

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