Key Points
  • Building cohesive, effective and bespoke Employment Services: collaborating across local authorities, housing, health, prison services, employers and education to improve support
  • Developing strong relationships with hard-to-reach groups: ensuring positive experiences with employment services increasing engagement
  • Bouncing Back: overcoming unemployment by upskilling, retraining and education
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Kathryn Robson, Chief Executive, Adult Learning Wales
  • David Hagendyk, Director – Wales, Learning & Work
  • Victoria Dyer, Building Resilient Communities Employability Manager, Torfaen County Borough Council
  • Becky Pask, Entrepreneurship Co-Ordinator, Coleg Sir Gar


With over £2 billion* invested in boosting and sustaining employment across Wales, building new job opportunities, upskilling and training is at the forefront of the economic response to COVID-19. Join Senedd Insight’s Improving Employability Workshop to explore how local authorities, employers and other agencies are collaborating to increase skills and employment.

You will explore how to target hard-to-reach groups and create a person-centred approach by engaging individuals and local communities with meaningful work opportunities. Kathryn Robson, Chief Executive of Adult Learning Wales will share ideas for supporting people who are long-term unemployed, providing individualised interventions to provide new employment pathways.

You will review how to implement career pathways for those who have lost their jobs during COVID-19, helping to build back better, stimulating productivity and local economies. Review how lifelong learning, retraining and skills development could help adapt and prepare the workforce for the future.

* https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-helps-more-than-57000-businesses-in-wales

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 08:45
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Kathryn Robson Chief Executive, Adult Learning Wales

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08:45 - 09:30
Engaging Individuals with Meaningful Work Opportunities to Help Reduce Intergenerational Worklessness

 
  • Building strong relationships with hard-to-reach groups and ensuring positive experiences with employment services to improve engagement
  • Offering training and life-long learning opportunities to help upskill and develop new pathways for people to reduce unemployment 
  • Supporting people who are long-term unemployed, providing individualised interventions  
09:15 - 09:30 Questions and Discussion 

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David Hagendyk Director – Wales, Learning & Work

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09:30 - 10:15
Best Practice Case Study: Working in Collaboration to Help Improve Local Employment Services

 
  • Building cohesive, effective and bespoke employment services in collaboration with different services such as local authorities, housing, health and social care, prison services, employers and education to improve support for communities
  • Adopting a public health approach to employment to ensure opportunities are sustainable and valuable 
10:00 - 10:15 Questions and Discussion 

10:15 - 10:45
Intermission

 

10:45 - 11:30
Bouncing Back: Supporting People Back into the Workplace after Redundancy

 
  • Considering the impact of COVID-19 on employment and how to create new opportunities for low and high skilled workers
  • Creating career pathways for those who have lost their jobs during COVID-19 to help stimulate productivity and local economies
  • Helping to support the mental health and confidence of people to ensure they are well prepared to return the world of work
11:15 - 11:30 Questions and Discussion 

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

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11:30 - 12:15
Panel: Upskilling, Retraining and Creating a Workforce for the Future

 
  • Understanding the benefit of upskilling and retraining to help adapt to the needs of the future workforce
  • Considering how work has changed due to COVID-19 and the interlinking need for digital training to help get more people into employment
  • Addressing barriers to employment for people in light of COVID-19 and understanding how lifelong learning could help to overcoming challenges

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Becky Pask Entrepreneurship Co-Ordinator, Coleg Sir Gar

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Cath Jenkins Director of Employability, Better Jobs Better Future

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12:15 - 12:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Kathryn Robson Chief Executive, Adult Learning Wales

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End

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Becky Pask Entrepreneurship Co-Ordinator, Coleg Sir Gar

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David Hagendyk Director – Wales, Learning & Work

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Kathryn Robson Chief Executive, Adult Learning Wales

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

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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