Colleges at the Heart of Economic Recovery in Wales: a successful online conference series


Our recent online conference series in partnership with Emsi looked at how labour market data analytics and how they can support further education. The events have been warmly received with over 100 delegates registered for each session.

The first webinar looked at the state of the nation and provided an analysis of the Welsh labour market. Emsi’s Andy Durnam looked at the impact of the crisis since March in terms of its effects on employer demand, unemployment, and industry exposure whilst ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies focused on these challenges from a FE perspective. The session also looked at more general risks and opportunities brought about by automation. 

Our second event focused on colleges leading the recovery in our communities. Principals from Coleg Cambria, Coleg y Cymoeed and Pembrokeshire College joined ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies to discuss the implications of the insights presented in the first session, and how colleges across Wales can lead their local communities out of the crisis. 

The third event looked at how labour marketing data can help to inform curriculum strategy. Having looked at the overall picture in terms of the impacts of the crisis on the Welsh economy, and how colleges can begin to respond as leaders in their area, this session got down into the details, looking at how data for local areas can help colleges understand ongoing skills needs, and how these can be incorporated into curriculum planning. The event was joined by Cardiff and Vale College Vice Principal for Funding and Planning, James Scorey.

Our final event again got down into the detail looking at how using labour market data to drive careers insights. Joined by Bridgend College Careers and Employment Coach Abigail Bassie, the session looked at how the same sorts of data can then be used to promote courses to people in your local area, particularly to those who have lost their jobs and are looking to upskill to be able to return to work. 

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