Resilient North Wales Employability Conference

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.L-R: Cllr Dyfrig Siencyn NWEAB chair and Gwynedd council leader, David Roberts Chair Regional Skills Partnership; Ken Skates Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales and Thomas Thomas, who represented Coleg Meirion Dwyfor at WorldSkills International in Russia.

Frontline staff in North Wales attended a Virtual Conference, rising to the challenge of getting people in the region into employment.

Organised by the Regional Skills Partnership, the Conference supported 150 Frontline staff in building a more resilient North Wales,
discussing opportunities and potential employment barriers that could affect employability.

David Roberts, as both Chair of the Regional Skills Partnership and the Conference, stated: “This year has brought unprecedented challenges, the like of which we have never seen before. From an economic perspective we are going to feel this for months or even years, so coming together and shaping a plan of action is pivotal for all sectors.

“At this very challenging time there is a need for total unity and a clear path for anyone who has been made redundant or looking for a change of career because of the current financial climate.”

Other bodies represented and delivering presentations on the day included the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Coleg Cambria, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), Citizens Advice Denbighshire. The aim was to provide best practice and provide Frontline staff with techniques to support employability in the region, in the wake of new challenges as a result of the pandemic.

Also in attendance was Welsh Government who provided an update on challenges within the region, the keynote speech given by Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales.

The Minister stated: “These are exceptionally challenging times, and the Welsh Government has taken action on a number of fronts to provide assistance for businesses and individuals.

“I congratulate the Regional Skills Partnership for bringing all the key partners together in North Wales for this event. There is a strong spirit of collaboration in the region, which I fully endorse as we work together to support those hardest hit by the pandemic.”

The Conference also included an interactive opportunity for Frontline staff to ask the Employers and Organisations who were present any questions or issues of concern.

One of the attendees from the Conference was a staff member from a youth Service in the region. They stated: “The conference was useful and interesting – I learnt a lot about the current Employability barriers and the support that’s available to respond and overcome this”.

Another attendee, an employee from a national training institute stated that it was “great to see the collaboration and the amazing work
being undertaken in North Wales”.

The Conference is one of many similar events being hosted by the Regional Skills Partnership to respond to skills opportunities within the area.

To find out more about future events being hosted by the Regional Skills Partnership, follow @SkillsNWales on Twitter.


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