**EVENT** The future of Apprenticeships in Wales


Guest of Honour: Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Timed to follow the Welsh Government’s response to their ongoing consultation on reforming the Apprenticeship model in Wales, this seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the future for design and delivery of Apprenticeships in Wales.

Sessions will examine the impact of recent changes to Apprenticeship frameworks in other parts of the UK, lessons to be learned from these new frameworks and their implementation, as well as how to ensure the compatibility of any new Welsh system.

Delegates will also discuss whether the Welsh Government’s plans are likely to successfully address key challenges including tackling the low level of uptake among 16-19 year olds, increasing the number of employers offering Apprenticeships and growing their role in the design process, and developing more Apprenticeships at Level 3 up to degree-equivalent Levels 5, 6 and 7.

Attendees are expected to include officials from the Welsh Government and representatives from the National Assembly alongside employers, industry groups and trade associations, colleges and other training providers, charities, academics and others with an interest in this important area of policy.

Andrew Clark, Deputy Director, Further Education and Apprenticeships Division, Welsh Government; Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills and Julie Fionda, Member of Cabinet, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, European Commission have kindly agreed to deliver keynote addresses at the conference.

At this early stage, Beth Button, President, NUS Wales; Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive designate, Colleges Wales, and Member, Qualifications Wales Advisory Board; Richard Guy, Senior Apprenticeships Adviser, City & Guilds; Rachel Searle, National Relationship Manager, Skills For Justice UK and Arwyn Watkins, Chair and Managing Director, Cambrian Training Company have also agreed to speak.

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, Member, Enterprise and Business Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Spokesperson for Economy, Enterprise and Transport, Plaid Cymru has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

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