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

Since 2014, the North Wales RSP has been bringing together employers, skills providers and key local stakeholders to better understand and resolve skills mismatches at a local level and regional level. The partnership works to identify current and future regional skills needs and uses this intelligence to ensure the most suitable and relevant provision is available for our future generations!

The main role of the RSP is to address skills shortages by influencing post-16 skills provision in North Wales based on labour market intelligence and employer-led insight. The RSP pools intelligence from across the labour market system, leverages existing networks and provides vital strategic advice, oversight and recommendations to decision-makers.

The RSP forms part of the Welsh Government’s broader approach to regional economic development, including the commitment in the Economic Action Plan to strengthen regional strategic planning. The North Wales RSP also supports the North Wales Growth Deal by working with project partners to scope and understand the skills requirements of the Growth Deal investment. Once these skills are identified, the information is collated and used to lobby providers and Welsh Government for changes in provision.

Our Regional Skills and Employment Plan

Following an ask to the RSP from Welsh Government in 2019 to take a more strategic, long-term view of the skills system in the region, the RSP are now on their second iteration of a three-year Skills and Employment plan. The aim of the 2023-2025 Skills and Employment 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 is the North Wales Skills Blueprint, highlighting 3 priorities that are required to support the skills and employment landscape over the next 3 years. The priorities were drawn together through extensive evidence base on regional needs, consultation feedback from a wide range of employers, providers and key stakeholders.

The RSP's priorities for 2023 - 2025 are:

  • Enabling and Empowering Employers
  • Enabling and Empowering Individuals
  • How Support is Provided and Making the Connections

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 Network, Chaired by Pryderi Ap Rhisiart, a Public Sector Employer Cluster Group, Chaired by Heather Johnson and a Construction Employer Cluster Group, Chaired by Alison Hourihane. 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


Alison Hourihane

Chair of the Construction Employer Cluster Group


Heather Johnson

Chair of the Public Sector Employer Cluster Group


Pryderi Ap Rhisiart

Chair of the Digital Skills Network


Catrin Perry

Health & Social Care, North Wales Workforce Board


Claire Webb

Manufacturing, ConvaTec


Ifer Gwyn

Energy Sector - BP


Martin Edwards



Nerys Bourne

Careers Wales & Working Wales


Paul Spencer

Bangor University


Scott Davis

Manufacturing, Delta Rock Group


Tony Potter

Department for Work and Pensions

Our Sub-groups



Work Based LearningWork-based Learning Provider Group – brings together work-based learning providers from across the region to collectively develop solutions to meet provision challenges and issue arising

Employability Working GroupEmployability Working Group - brings together providers of employability programmes working across the region to ensure a joined-up approach as well as sharing best practice

Construction Employer Cluster GroupConstruction Employer Cluster Group - aims to develop a collaborative, coordinated and targeted approach to construction skills challenges so that the region has a clear vision and set of priorities.

Digital Skills Employer Cluster GroupDigital Skills Employer Cluster Group - aims to develop a collaborative, coordinated and targeted approach to digital skills challenges so that the region has a clear vision and set of priorities.

Public Sector Employer Cluster GroupPublic Sector Employer Cluster Group - aims to develop a collaborative, coordinated and targeted approach to public sector skills challenges so that the region has a clear vision and set of priorities.

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.

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