Date:    Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Location:  SWALEC, Cardiff, CF11 9XR


With less than three weeks to go, Learning and Work Institute will bring together key stakeholders and policy makers to discuss and debate the latest developments and new approach to employability and skills for Wales.




With the procurement of Working Wales to be confirmed shortly, Learning and Work Institute is delighted to announce Welsh Government officials will be holding workshops on the programme and the new approach to employability.


Just 5 days after it goes live, Remploy’s Chief Executive, Gareth Parry will detail the scope, scale, and ambition of the Work and Health Programme Wales. It will be the first opportunity for a national stakeholder audience to understand the new delivery model and programme supporting people into employment across Wales just days after the first clients are referred.


Announcing our latest list of speakers and contributors


The annual Convention will once again bring together key stakeholders, policy makers and practitioners working on skills and employability. As well as insight into the latest research, thinking and trends, it will also be an opportunity to hear directly from the Welsh Government on Working Wales and from Remploy on the introduction of the Work and Health Programme. The Convention will also look forward to future policy and the implications of fast changing digital technologies.  We’ll celebrate best practice and success from across Wales, as well as the challenges we still face and the solutions available to government and stakeholders.


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Our plenary speakers


Keynote speech from Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning.


  • Gareth Parry, Chief Executive, Remploy, on the details of the Work and Health Programme in Wales, which will have gone live just days before.
  • Katie Dalton, Chief Executive, Cymorth Cymru, on supporting people: skills for independent living
  • Shelley Morris, Headteacher at Monkton Priory School in Pembrokeshire on their ground-breaking work in transforming the skills of their community and engaging parents to raise attainment of pupils.
  • Prof. Phillip Brown, Cardiff University: one of Wales’ leading international academics, Professor Brown will deliver a keynote presentation on skills, digital technologies and the future of work.
  • Tony Wilson, Learning and Work Institute: Tony will outline the employability and skills landscape across Wales and UK and look ahead to the challenges facing the Working Wales programme.


Our workshop sessions


Working Wales: a new approach to employability

Speaker: Edwyn Williams, Head of Employability Engagement, Welsh Government


Risks and opportunities for Wales: state of the labour market now and looking to the future

Speakers: Paul Bivand, Lead Statistician, Learning and Work Institute


Community partnership and co-location of services

Helen Northmore, Business Development Director; Remploy Cymru; Kay Smith, Learning and Work Institute


Supporting in-work progression: what works and how to do it well

Speakers: Kathryn Ray, Head Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute; Cath Jenkins, Employability Partnerships and Programmes Manager, Gower College Swansea


Apprenticeship policy: where are we and where next?

Speakers: Emily Jones, Head Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute; Helen Northmore, Business Development Director; Remploy Cymru


Redesigning careers and employment support for an ageing workforce

Speakers: Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute; Iwan Williams, Office of Older Peoples Commissioner



Go Green 4 Health: An Upward Spiral – What Works in Community Prescribing towards work and health

Speakers: Katy Stevenson, Chief Executive, Groundwork Wales


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