Deadline for Submission: 15 March 2023
ColegauCymru highlighted the importance of a Just Transition to ensure no-one should face any barriers as a result of language choice, disability, rurality, or their economic background – everyone should have access to the information and support they need to train/reskill as part of a Just Transition.
Currently, the provision of net zero skills is almost purely transactional. At present, employers are using the PLAs to fulfil their immediate skills needs in the absence of a fully realised net zero skills plan. It is essential that Welsh Government, the FE sector, training providers, and employers work together to develop a common understanding of the jobs and skills that we need to prepare, upskill and retrain our workforce for, with a clear flow of information between government, private sector and employees on the skills needed.
Similarly, there should be equity for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). SMEs have the potential to be agile and move as the sector requires, however it is vital that they understand what skills they should be demanding from FE. Colleagues within the sector have suggested that Welsh Government undertake a piece of work with industry and education stakeholders to identify what the core net zero jobs of the future will be, including a timeline of how developments and changes might take place in the future.
Please contact ColegauCymru Policy Officer, Amy Evans, with any questions.