Category: Skills

June has brought forth some thought-provoking headlines across the Skills & Talent domains of Southeast Wales - with Ebbw Vale’s revolutionary Living Laboratory Innovation Cluster reaping a £7m investment … Cardiff and Vale College being chosen to host WorldSkills UK Finals … four inspirational teachers in Wales being honoured with a prestigious Pearson National Teaching Award … the latest ONS data showing that SME companies prioritise personal skills over experience and education when assessing a candidate … and ADP’s People at Work 2022: A Global Workforce View revealing that 50% of Welsh workers expect a pay rise this year …
The middle of May has brought a rich mix of headlines from skills initiatives in many different sectors, with the latest Fintech Sector report revealing an explosion in job growth, as well as warning of a global talent shortage on the horizon - so it was good to see the launch of the Wales STEM Awards for 2022, celebrating the tremendous tech skills we have in our region, as well as Coadec and Tramshed Tech coming together to improve our tech startup landscape. Beyond that, it’s also wonderful to see our CCR Sustainability agenda being strengthened by the arrival of Cambrian’s Waste Management Training in South Wales - and South Wales Police developing their Future Leaders, in the most imaginative and immersive way …
The end of April and beginning of May saw important new initiatives and reports across both the regional and national skills domain - with CILEX announcing a pioneering partnership to provide inclusive apprenticeship pathways for legal careers … USW publishing a first-of-its-kind mapping of skills and talent needs for South Wales’ Video Games industry … Open University revealing the importance of L&D to public sector skills and employee retention …the VISTA programme looking to create new jobs in Blaenau Gwent … and Robert Half’s survey reporting on sector skill salaries for the past 6 months ... 
The middle of April saw the launch of major new skills and jobs programmes, with CIPD Wales unveiling its pioneering Hidden In Plain Sight campaign to help bring thousands of disadvantaged people into the workplace, Welsh Government pledge £13 million for trade unions to deliver learning and upskill support - and Daikin and Robert Price introduce an innovative one-day training course to skill-up on the heat pump installations that are helping drive our green heating revolution.
We are delighted to announce that we have launched our  2nd  Venture Graduate cohort.
The third year of the third decade of the 21st century promises to be a skills journey unlike any other. The economic recovery, the fourth industrial revolution and the race to zero all represent major opportunities as well as significant challenges. If we ‘get it right’ from a skills perspective, then the future for our region will be founded on a resilient and agile workforce, a wider and deeper talent pool, higher performing organisations, better jobs closer to home and greater prosperity in every community.
Ultimately, Tramshed Tech and the many other co-working spaces across our region are the incubators, accelerators and ‘safe places’ that give our emerging digital enterprises the home, the testbed and the permission to Think and Do: vital ingredients for success in any market. And in our next features, we’ll be looking at some of those start-ups who have grown up in our region to become market-leaders across the world …   
Our previous feature focused on the educational foundation and framework that underpins digital skilling across our region - as well as looking at CCRs very own Venture Skills & Talent Hub, which has started its journey to provide a wide range of learning experiences for the fourth industrial age. There are of course many other digital courses and programmes being run across Southeast Wales, offering lifelong opportunities to skill, upskill or reskill for a role in the digital economy, as we discover below ...
Our CCR Digital Series has already shown how digital is revolutionising our priority sectors, transforming our public sector, opening up new R&D horizons - and powering data-driven services that underpin the whole economy of Southeast Wales.
Giving people employable skills for the future - and nurturing the natural talents that lie within everyone - is a driving force for Jane Mudd. As Leader of Newport City Council and the CCR Cabinet member responsible for Learning, Skills and Talent, Jane’s zeal for realising the potential of people - and her passion for building great employment destinations - has seen her take a lead role in championing the establishment of Venture, the new CCR Skills & Talent Hub. 

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