New Technology – New Skills
Business leaders and organisations who are passionate about the future of skills in the South West Wales last week packed a conference room at the Swansea.com Stadium for the official launch of the Employment & Skills Plan 2022 – 2025.
The theme of the day was” New Technology – New Skills” an appropriate theme given the changes every business and individual are experiencing now in the way we work; live and enjoy our leisure time.
The Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething MS officially launched the Employment and skills plan, acknowledging the collaboration and co-production that that had taken place to bring together the ambitious plan for the region.
The main goal of the plan is to identify employment and skills priorities over short, medium and long-term periods to develop the social and economic potential of the South West Wales regional economy and will now help inform Welsh Government decisions on funding for further education and work-based learning.
The theme of the day began with presentations on Net Zero and the Circular Economy, sharing excellent examples of best practice implementation.
The speakers enthused the audience with key messages on how change will impact every aspect of businesses and individuals across the region and how we need to adapt to meet the net zero targets
Up-skilling for a Digital Manufacturing Future was delivered by the MADE Cymru and Tony Miles from Batri introduced the exciting new project who have secured funding from the Skills and Talent ‘Batri’ which looks at battery technology and energy storage solutions.
After a morning full of influential voices from industry who presented insights, expertise, and knowledge on the hottest topics in the region delegates were able to attend workshops. The interactive workshops had question-and-answer sessions with expert panels on:
- A guide to recruiting and employing apprentices
- Funding Opportunities for Future Skills through the City Deal Skills and Talent Programme
- Advice on – How to successfully win a tender contract
During the afternoon delegates saw for themselves how Virtual Reality and Augmented Technology is revolutionising healthcare with a demonstration on how methods of teaching will change using new technology.
The day ended on a high note with an insight on how Bluestone Resorts are leading the way on recruitment in the region.
Jane Lewis, RLSP Manager said “The event was a great success and there was a great atmosphere throughout the day. It was great to see so many businesses attending the event and we hope that the topics discussed has sparked some innovative thinking on how new technology can be incorporated within their new ways of working!”