Key Points
  • Apprenticeships, Skills and Training: Supporting Young People NEET through education
  • Improving Opportunities for People with Disabilities: Challenging misconceptions and strengthening support services
  • Reducing Economic Inactivity: Reviewing the Employability Delivery Plan and exploring what is next for future policy initiatives


Overview
  • Jeffrey Greenidge, Chair, Learning and Work Wales Strategy Group
  • Mark Isherwood AM, Chair, Disability Group
  • Zoe Richards, Chief Executive, Learning Disability Wales
  • Maria Thomas, Director of Partnerships, The Shaw Trust
  • Cath Jenkins, Director of Employability, Gower College Swansea
  • Andy Dodge, Employment and Placement Manager, Cardiff University
  • Dave Evans, Senior Training Officer, Magellan Aero, Winner of Large and Macro Employer of the year (2018) Apprenticeship Awards Wales
  • Nicky Bevan, Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing Services, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Lowri Wyn Jones, Programme Manager, Time to Change Wales
  • Victoria Dyer, Building Resilient Communities Employability Manager, Torfaen County Borough Council
  • Simon James, Employment Development Officer, Workfit Wales
  • Natalie Pillinger, Communities & Regeneration Co-ordinator CCHA
  • Becky Turton, Training Officer, Hafan Cyrmu

    “The economic inactivity rate in Wales is now below that of the UK, having fallen by 3.2 percentage points over the last year.” Ken Skates AM, Minister for Economy and Transport

    In 2018, nearly a quarter* of working-age Welsh adults were economically inactive. In an effort to increase employment across Wales, the Employability Delivery Plan was launched to tackle growing unemployment concerns.

    Senedd Insight’s inaugural conference will review the effectiveness of the plan whilst exploring the future landscape of employability policy in Wales to help increase productivity.

    You will learn about the streamlining of employment services to improve support provisions across Wales and the role of employment services, health care, education and local authorities in helping to reduce economic inactivity.

    Hear from key industry experts on how to tackle unemployment and help people overcome barriers such as mental health, attitudes and self-esteem. Gain insight into strategies from trailblazers who have created programmes to support people and grow their local economies.

    You will hear case studies from award-winning apprenticeships, a successful local authority and stand-out education programme who are engaging and motivating the next generation.

    Explore the importance of skills and training for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), long-term unemployed and people with disabilities. Learn about new initiatives for different target groups, helping to boost the employment rate from Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham.

    Gain insight from key industry experts on how to support people with disabilities on their journey to employment and understand what both employers and employment services can do to improve provisions for people with disabilities. Attend Senedd Insight’s conference to hear how to increase accessibility for people with disabilities and challenge employers’ attitudes towards a fairer labour market.

    This event is specifically designed for employers, schools, further education colleges, higher education institutions, employment services, training providers, local authorities and health care professionals.


  • Agenda
    Start

    09:00 - 09:30
    Registration

     

    09:30 - 09:40
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Jeffrey Greenidge Chair, Wales Strategy Group, Learning and Work

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    09:40 - 10:10
    Morning Keynote: Implementing the Employment Delivery Plan: Reducing Economic Inactivity and Strengthening the Welsh Economy

     
    • Reviewing the Employment Delivery Plan and progress report to understand the impact on employability across Wales
    • Analysing economic inactivity and overcoming ‘benefits culture’ to help stimulate economy growth
    • Assessing available funding to employment services, local authorities and training providers to increase provisions  
    • Addressing the impact Brexit could have on investment, employment opportunities and the economy  
    • Exploring the upward trend in employment across Wales and measuring the value of jobs including wages and contract types to understand the importance of meaningful employment        
             Questions and Discussion from 10:00 to 10:10

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    Dr Rachel Garside-Jones Deputy Director for Employment and Skills, Llywodraeth Cymru/Welsh Government

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    10:10 - 10:40
    Case Study: Supporting Routes to Employability for People with Disabilities

     
    • Understanding how to support people with disabilities journey from unemployment to employment 
    • Examining how to best support a range of people with disabilities including physical disabilities, autism and mental health 
    • Addressing attitudes and common misconceptions to ensure a fair recruitment process  
    • Exploring funding initiatives to support employers and people with disabilities 
               Questions and Discussion from 10:30 to 10:40

    Speakers

    Maria Thomas Director of Partnerships, The Shaw Trust

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    10:40 - 11:20
    Panel: Overcoming Barriers to Employment: Mental Health, Engagement and Changing Culture

     
    • Exploring key barriers to employment including mental health self-esteem and attitudes 
    • Assessing and overcoming the impact of logistical barriers such as transport and childcare 
    • Understanding the impact of mental health on a person’s employability and how to support a person’s employability journey
    • Helping to develop confidence and soft skills to increase the chances of employability 
    •  Creating personalised support plans to overcome individual barriers to employment
               Questions and Discussion from 11:10 to 11:20 

    Speakers

    Nicky Bevan Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing Services, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

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    Lowri Wyn Jones Programme Manager, Time to Change Wales

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    Natalie Pillinger Social Investment Coordinator, CCHA

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    11:20 - 11:50
    Coffee and Networking Break

     

    11:50 - 12:40
    Panel: Skills and Training: Improving Employability through Education

     
    • Understanding the role of different education providers such as secondary schools, further education colleges and higher education in upskilling future workforces
    • Exploring how the education reforms can help to boost the Welsh government 
    • Helping different groups such as NEETS and long-term unemployed gain work experience and skills to increase their personal employability
    • Engaging with apprenticeship schemes and placement opportunities to reduce the number of 16-24-year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET)  
    • Increasing the number of high skilled job opportunities to retain graduates and boost the economy
               Questions and Discussion from 12:30 to 12:40

    Speakers

    Cath Jenkins Director of Employability, Gower College Swansea

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    Andrew Dodge Employment and Placement Manager, Cardiff University

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    Humie Webbe Strategic Equality and Diversity Lead, NTFW

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    12:40 - 13:10
    Case Study: Successful Apprenticeships: Motivating and Engaging 16-24-year olds

     
    • Recruiting and engaging 16-24-year olds to undertake apprenticeships to reduce economic inactivity
    • Sharing example of strategies and initiatives to support 16-24-year olds from unemployment to education, employment and training
    • Understanding the importance of providing ongoing training to upskill workers  

    • Questions and Discussion 13:00 - 13:10

    Speakers

    Dave Evans Senior Training Officer - Apprentice Programme, Magellan Aerospace

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    13:10 - 14:10
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:10 - 14:40
    Afternoon Keynote: Closing the Disability Employment Gap: Inclusive Recruitment

     
    • Helping people with disabilities find meaningful employment to make a fairer and more representative labour market in Wales
    • Addressing attitudes and misconceptions for employers to better support people with disabilities to find work 
    • Ensuring job opportunities offer suitable support and individualised plans for people with disabilities to provide long term employment and increase the number of people with disabilities in work  
              Questions and Discussion from 14:30 to 14:40 

    Speakers

    Zoe Richards Acting Chief Executive, Learning Disability Wales

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    14:40 - 15:20
    Panel: The Role of Local Authorities and Employment Services in Reducing Unemployment

     
    • Exploring initiatives and techniques to engage and motivate unemployed groups such as NEETS, graduates, people with disabilities and long-term unemployed people 
    • Understanding the role of local authorities and employment services in providing personalised support to improve employability 
    • Supporting people to be proactive and independent, moving away from ‘benefits culture’ 
              Questions and Discussion from 15:10 to 15:20

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    Victoria Dyer Building Resilient Communities Employability Manager, Torfaen County Borough Council

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    Simon James Employment and Development Officer, WorkFit

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    15:20 - 15:30
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Jeffrey Greenidge Chair, Wales Strategy Group, Learning and Work

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    End

    Speakers

    Nicky Bevan Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing Services, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

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    Andrew Dodge Employment and Placement Manager, Cardiff University

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    Victoria Dyer Building Resilient Communities Employability Manager, Torfaen County Borough Council

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    Dave Evans Senior Training Officer - Apprentice Programme, Magellan Aerospace

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    Dr Rachel Garside-Jones Deputy Director for Employment and Skills, Llywodraeth Cymru/Welsh Government

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    Jeffrey Greenidge Chair, Wales Strategy Group, Learning and Work

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    Simon James Employment and Development Officer, WorkFit

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    Cath Jenkins Director of Employability, Gower College Swansea

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    Lowri Wyn Jones Programme Manager, Time to Change Wales

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    Natalie Pillinger Social Investment Coordinator, CCHA

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    Zoe Richards Acting Chief Executive, Learning Disability Wales

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    Maria Thomas Director of Partnerships, The Shaw Trust

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    Humie Webbe Strategic Equality and Diversity Lead, NTFW

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    Venue details

    Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff Meridian Gate, Bute Terrace, Cardiff, Wales CF10 2FL

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