The North Wales Regional Skills Partnership (RSP) is one of four strategic bodies across Wales, established in 2012 as part of the Welsh Government's broader approach to regional economic development. Each RSP advises the Welsh Government on skills provision, identifying regional priorities for skills investment based on employer demand and labour market intelligence.

RSP - About us



Our Focus

The Regional Skills Partnership for North Wales is one of four regional partnerships across Wales. As an RSP we produce and analyse Labour Market Intelligence, while engaging with regional employer to advise the Welsh Government on skills provision based on employer-led insight.

The RSPs form part of the Welsh Government’s broader approach to regional economic development. This includes the commitment in the Economic Action Plan to strengthen strategic planning at a regional level and the development of the North Wales Growth Deal and City Deals.

The North Wales Regional Skills Partnership brings together employers, skills providers and key local stakeholders to better understand and resolve skills mismatches at a regional and local level. The aim of the partnerships work is to identify current and future regional skills needs, and using this intelligence to shape the provision of post-16 education and training.

Our Regional Skills and Employment Plan

In 2019, Welsh Government asked the RSP to take a more strategic, long-term view of the skills system in the region by producing a three year Regional Skills and Employment Plan 2019-2022. The aim of the plan is to get the North Wales skills system working harder and smarter to meet jobs, now and in the future. Underpinning our Skills and Employment Plan are three overarching skills priorities that are required to support sector growth in the economy. The priorities were drawn together by our extensive evidence base on regional needs, consultation feedback from a wide range of employers, providers and key stakeholders.

Priority 1: Building our workforce and attracting talent
Priority 2: Skills development for an inclusive North Wales
Priority 3: Promote career perception, pathways and apprenticeship opportunities

Hot off the press!

Read the latest RSP COVID-19 Labour Market Insights (LMI) for North Wales October 2021.

The main purpose of this report is to provide intelligence that enables Welsh Government and other stakeholders to understand the employment and skills impact of COVID-19 in the region.

This report is the fifth in a series of LMI reports produced by the North Wales RSP.

This report is primarily based on soft intelligence from employer and stakeholder engagement activities along with robust quantitative LMI (e.g. job postings data, Universal Credit and Claimant Count) where appropriate.

RSP Annual Report

The RSP Annual Report 2020-21 is showcasing how we have been driving forward the skills and employability agenda across our region; both in line with our strategic plan and in response to the unprecedented challenges of the past year.

The Board

The strategic scope and influence of the RSP reflects its increasingly important role in articulating skills demand at a regional and local level. The influence of the recent Regional Employment and Skills Plan has been extended to inform a number of policy areas highlighted in the priorities of the RSP Action Plan. To deliver the goals of the Action Plan, formal Working Groups have been established to report progress to the RSP Board on a regular basis. The Working Groups lead and coordinate the operational aims and objectives of the Action Plan Priorities. To date, the RSP has formally established an Employability Working Group, Chaired by Niall Waller, a Work Based Learning Provider’s Working Group, Chaired by Paul Bevan, a Digital Skills Employer Cluster Group, Chaired by Pryderi Ap Rhisiart and a Public Sector Employer Cluster Group, Chaired by Heather Johnson. The Terms of Reference and Minutes of these groups are also made available.


David Roberts

Chair of the North Wales RSP


Niall Waller

Chair of the North Wales Employability Group


Paul Bevan

Chair of the Work Based Learning Provider Working Group


Pryderi Ap Rhisiart

Chair of the Digital Skills Employer Cluster Group


Heather Johnson

Chair of the Public Sector Employer Cluster Group


Catrin Perry

Health & Social Care, North Wales Workforce Board


Claire Webb

Manufacturing, ConvaTec


Karl Hargrave

Director, Security Foundry - Cybersecurity & Technology


Tony Potter

Department for Work and Pensions


Nerys Bourne

Careers Wales & Working Wales


Osian Roberts

Energy Sector - Minesto


Paul Spencer

Bangor University


Sarah Hosker

FinTech, Chetwood Financial


Scott Davis

Manufacturing, Delta Rock Group


Helen Steele


Our vision...To create an inclusive, outward looking skills system which is agile, resilient and can adapt to opportunities and challenges that emerge from our trends

The Team



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Regional Employment and Skills Plans and the Planning and Funding Template are currently the main mechanism for RSPs to inform Welsh Government’s strategic approach to the delivery of employment and skills provision.

-Welsh Government

The North Wales Regional Skills Partnership Data Observatory

Find a range of up to date and robust information on the following:

Our plans


Building our future workforce and attracting talent

Skills development for an inclusive North Wales

Promote career perception, pathways and apprenticeship opportunities


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