Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales enters next Phase of project

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The Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project has been providing young people from across Wales with the opportunity to explore career pathways and, enhance and develop their skill sets through unconventional methods.

The Welsh Government funded initiative, combines three elements; Have a Go initiative, Skills Competition Wales and International Competitor Support through WorldSkills UK Wales, and support the skills required to increase the effectiveness of businesses.

Since it’s conception in 2014, the project has evolved significantly, and April 2020 sees the project officially enter into Phase 3 of the projects delivery. Whilst much of the delivery remains the same, the project is ambitious in its vision and aims to develop, and evolve to inspire and elevate young people’s aspirations to achieve excellence.

The Have a Go initiative, allows pupils from across Wales a taster of different career options with the use of high-tech equipment. The initiative hopes to encourage greater engagement with young people in schools and, raise awareness of career pathways that will impact positively on businesses in Wales.

The project also inspires young people to achieve excellence through the establishment of skills competitions relevant to economic growth, and deliver medal-winning success at National and International Skills Competitions. With the infrastructure secured in Wales we are able to encourage young people to gain the skills required by employers and promote employment and wealth generation.

Phase 3 of the project delivery is set to build on the good practices achieved over the past years, with a key focus on evolving through close working partnerships with industry, education and Careers Wales. Our focus is to provide young people with greater experiences and employability skills for the future.

Paul Evans, Project Director for the Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project said; “Engagement in each of the project strands is a great way for young people to test and showcase their skills and, demonstrate their ability to be best in class.

We are extremely fortunate in Wales that we have the ability to inspire and nurture these skills along with competing in a global market. I am thrilled with Wales’ performance so far and am excited to continue with this support in future years”.

For further details on the Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project visit or email

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