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Skills Development Across the Cardiff Capital Region

Philip Barnes
28 October 2019

Cardiff Capital Skills

The Metal Project recently attended the Cardiff Capital Region Skills Partnership stakeholder event at Malpas Court Mansion in Newport.

The focus of the event was to launch of the Regional Employment and Skills Plan.

The Skills Plan has been developed by representatives from the business community, further and higher education and training providers who shared their knowledge and understanding of the sectors they represent to ensure the region is best placed to respond to the required development of skills and talent across the region.

The plan sets out key actions required to address the skills gaps needed across 6 key themes within 5 key sectors across the region. These skills gaps are recognised as one of the barriers to growth across the region.

As an example, one of the key sectors identified in the plan is the Advanced Material & Manufacturing sector. According to the most recent Employment and Skills Survey, Manufacturing had a reported skills gap of 21% in Wales. This is the highest reported figure for Wales by sector. This suggests that a relatively large proportion of the current workforce do not possess the skills to meet current needs.

This is where the METaL Project can help. The project is aimed at upskilling employees within the manufacturing sector with the essential skills required to contribute to business success. We do this by providing short, part funded, accredited courses to the manufacturing sector with a view to upskilling the workforce.

By setting out the 3- year Skills & Employment Plan, the Cardiff Capital Region Skills Partnership hope that it will create the framework and the right conditions for business and educational institutions to support and develop a thriving workforce based on a demand led skills system.