A plan to boost skills and employment in North Wales was unveiled by Welsh Government Minister Julie James today (Sep 29).
The Regional Skills and Employment Plan will help ensure education and training in North Wales continues to meet the ever-changing needs of the business world – boosting people’s job prospects and helping companies stay competitive.
Developed by the North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB) and its partners, the plan was officially launched by the skills minister in front of education and business delegates at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
NWEAB chairman Councillor Dilwyn Roberts said: “By continuing to develop our skills base, we can help fuel employment and business growth.
“But to do this, we need the wider education and training system to become more demand-led - so it can respond to the changing needs of employers and teach people the skills that businesses really want.
“This is a key document that will help us do that, supporting the recent Growth Vision and its crucial bearing on the future of the North Wales economy.”
The plan identifies key business sectors where demand for skilled employees is likely to grow.
These include energy and environment, construction, advanced materials and manufacturing, creative and digital industries, health and social care, tourism and hospitality, and food and drink.
It also looks at how North Wales can provide the skills needed to support major projects like the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey.
Iwan Thomas, NWEAB regional programme manager, said: “Providing education that meets the needs of employers will be critical to our economy over the next few years.
“This is a great example of ‘team North Wales’ – organisations from across the education, business, public and voluntary sectors – working together to make it happen.”
To view the plan, follow this link.