Workshops 2018

English | Cymraeg

Session 1

1. Regional Skills Partnerships – delivering for growth

Iwan Thomas, Jane Lewis and Karen Higgins
Regional Skills Partnerships Managers

Regional Skills Partnerships (RSP’s) are central to the Welsh Government’s Economic Vision for Wales, and integral to the planning and funding of post-16 learning.

Embedded within regional structures, RSP’s continue to evolve, in response to the flagship City & Growth Deals across Wales – each having skills as a core theme. This session will explore the role of RSP’s and their respective City & Growth Deals working collectively to deliver sustainable skills & economic growth.

2. Apprenticeships in Wales – Progress and Change – Workshop now full

Christopher Hare
Senior Apprenticeships Policy Manager, Welsh Government

In February 2017, the Welsh Government published its Apprenticeship Skills Policy and Five Year Action Plan. This workshop will provide an update on progress, system change and future challenges.

It will be structured around exploring how we can raise standards and equality of opportunity across apprenticeship development and delivery.

3. Professional registration – How is it for you?

Hayden Llewellyn
Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Work-based learning practitioners in Wales are registered with a professional body, the Education Workforce Council (EWC), for the first time in history. It’s a world first!

This workshop will look back on the first year of registration. It will showcase new, emerging data on the workforce and discuss early learning points from fitness to practise cases. Delegates will be invited to give their honest views on what is going well and what the EWC can do better.

4. Public Good and a Prosperous Wales – the next steps

Karen Morgan
Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Reform Bill Manager, Welsh Government

The consultation document, Public Good and a Prosperous Wales – the next steps, live until 17 July, sets out the Welsh Government’s proposal to establish the Tertiary Education and Research Commission for Wales.

The Commission would be responsible for higher and further education, work-based and adult learning as well as sixth form provision. This workshop aims to explore delegates’ reactions to questions posed by the document and give them an opportunity to provide their initial feedback.

5. Successes and Challenges

Jackie Gapper, Assistant Director, Estyn and
Mark Evans, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Estyn

This workshop will outline key findings from Estyn’s new inspection arrangements of work-based learning. There will be opportunities for discussion of successful features and key challenges evaluated in the new framework relating to outcomes, provision and leadership.

Session 2

6. The Development of Degree Apprenticeships in Wales – Workshop now full

Angela West
Skills and Employability Manager, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

HEFCW has received Welsh Government support for degree apprenticeships at Level 6 in priority sectors of ICT/computing, engineering and advanced manufacturing.

WG expects delivery of Degree Apprenticeships to commence in these priority sectors in 2018/19, with the potential for delivering Degree Apprenticeships in other subject areas from 2020/21.

This workshop aims to examine the development of degree apprenticeships and explore opportunities within the broader apprenticeship landscape.

7. Moving beyond the vision

Nikki Lawrence, Chief Executive and Leon Patnett, Head of Digital Solutions/Services and Communications, Careers Wales
Careers Wales has reshaped its vision in the form of Changing Lives and is currently implementing year two.

This workshop aims to inform delegates of the current developments within Careers Wales focussing for this particular agenda on innovative digital developments and our exciting new Education Business Exchange. It will also include a brief update on our new structure, priorities and outcomes.

8. What the Qualifications Wales Sector Reviews tell us

Cassy Taylor
Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications), Qualifications Wales

By the end of 2018, Qualifications Wales will have published its first three ground-breaking sector reviews of vocational qualifications in Wales. Covering Health and Social Care (including Childcare), Construction and the Built Environment and ICT, the reviews provide an insight not only into the qualifications that are being delivered in Wales but into the way in which they are being delivered by the supporting infrastructure of learning and assessment.

While each review is different, a number of common themes have begun to emerge. This workshop will consider the implications of these findings for the teaching and assessment of vocational qualifications across Wales in a time of constant and fast-paced change in the education and training world.

9. Increasing diversity in apprenticeships

Wayne Vincent
Principal, Programmes, Strategy and Business Planning (Wales), Equality and Human Rights Commission

This workshop will provide an opportunity to find out more about the work of Equality and Human Rights Commission and to share ideas and solutions towards increasing diversity in apprenticeships in Wales.

10. Prosperity for All – Employability Plan and the new approach to employability support

Edwyn Williams
Head of Employability Engagement, Welsh Government

The Welsh Government’s Employability plan aims to tackle unemployment and economic inactivity. It sets out how we will support people to build skills and confidence to find and stay in work. It will also ensure employers can find the workforce they require for their businesses to flourish.

The workshop will give an overview of the Plan’s aims and objectives and an opportunity to discuss the main issues/challenges to collaborative working and how to deliver an individualised approach to employability support.

Please note: We recognise that on some occasions changes to the conference programme will occur. In instances where this happens, we will inform all those concerned.