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.
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:
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 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.
Chair of the North Wales RSP
North Wales Economic Ambition Board
Chair of the North Wales Employability Group
Chair of the Construction Employer Cluster Group
Chair of the Public Sector Employer Cluster Group
Chair of the Digital Skills Network
Sub-chair of the Digital Skills Network and Digital Dozen
North Wales and Mersey Dee Business Council
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Welsh Government - Observer
Health & Social Care, North Wales Workforce Board
Chamber of Commerce
Regional Schools Improvement Consortium (GwE)
Creative North Wales
Energy Sector - BP
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
Health & Social Care, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Federation of Small Businesses
Careers Wales & Working Wales
Food production and agriculture-Farming Connect
Open University (HE)
Manufacturing, Delta Rock Group
Department for Work and Pensions
Work-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. It focuses on the strategic direction of travel for current and future work-based learning provision and delivery within the context of Welsh Government skills priorities and the labour market.
Employability Working Group - Overall, the group plays a crucial role in driving collective efforts to enhance employability outcomes by fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and advocacy. It also serves as a platform for sharing information, research, and best practices related to employability.
Construction Employer Cluster Group - Specific objectives are to support employers and to have a clear voice to ensure that the employer needs can shape the provision and progression pathways for skills development, education, and training in construction jobs. The group also aims to help diversify entrants into the sector, including increasing the number of women in construction.
Digital Skills Employer Cluster Group - brings together employers of all sizes, from all sectors, from across the region to share their challenges, opportunities, and best practice. Forms part of the wider network associated with the Digital Dozen, a smaller group of employers who come together to set the priorities and actions for the network.
Public Sector Employer Cluster Group - The group brings together public sector employers across the region to support employer demand for growth via higher level skills and to deliver key messages to inform and influence our regional providers to respond with appropriate provision.
Our vision is that North Wales is a region where the people, and specifically their skills and abilities, are a key driver of economic development and well-being
Regional Skills Manager
Senior Skills Delivery Officer
✆077 6565 2636
Skills and Employability Project Officer
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.