Future Skills for the Future workforce
The Future Skills for the Future workforce event held in June saw the most successful Regional Learning and Skills Partnership (RLSP) event to date with 200 young people, 180 delegates and over 30 exhibitors all under the same roof at the Swansea.com Stadium, showcasing of all the exciting things happening in South West Wales.
During the day visitors could jump into a new dimension of shared digital and interactive experience, pushing the boundaries of technologies and experientials; attend innovative workshops and businesses could find out more about potential business opportunities through all of the new projects in the region.
The morning session saw the young people attending a motivational talk from the region’s very own Sam Toombs, BT Leader for Wales and England. Her talk focused on ‘if I can, you can’ an engaging presentation that highlighted all the exciting opportunities for the next generation of this region.
In the morning the delegates and exhibitors had the option of attending two interesting workshops; one on the Celtic Sea and the opportunities ahead collaboratively facilitated by Blue Gem wind and Floventous, and the other on the importance of Net Zero which looked at the Welsh Government’s Net Zero Action plan and an insight from NetRet.
A real buzz came to the event when the young people and the delegates attended the exhibition area where there were over 30 Interactive exhibitions, including BT and their immersive Screen, Global Drone Training with live Drone demonstrations, Academii and lots of VR demonstrations and robotics.
The afternoon saw a new set of workshops; ‘Lets talk GenZ’,a workshop that highlighted the characteristics of Gen Z, their motivations, and aspirations, and how to attract, engage and retain them as your future employees.
The key message from this workshop was that it is important to know that the Generation Z is entering the workforce with an unique set of skills, values, and expectations. They are a diverse, collaborative, pragmatic and entrepreneurial cohort that care about social issues and authenticity. The other workshop delegates could attend was ‘innovation in manufacturing and the impact of 5G’.
Jane Lewis, RLSP Manager said:
“The aim of the Future Skills for the Future workforce event was to raise the awareness to businesses and young students of the opportunities that new Green Energy and Technology will bring to the region.
“The range of businesses exhibiting and attending the event certainly encouraged many discussions that we hope will translate into business opportunities soon. Attendance of 200 students from schools in the region was exciting and it was a pleasure to see the young people interacting with the businesses and trying out all the new technology available throughout the exhibition area.
“The RLSP is very grateful to everyone who participated in the event, and we look forward to arranging another similar gathering in the future.”