The Welsh Government performs a key role in supporting the employability of people across Wales.
“We will develop a new Employability Delivery Plan for Wales which will simplify the support offered to those people who want a job as well as those who need help to get a better job. Working with employers as well as considering the needs of the self-employed will be critical to the success of this approach focused on the needs of the individual.”
A reshaping of employability support is planned via a new programme, ‘Working Wales’, from April 2019 which will be responsive to the needs of individuals, employers and the labour market. Individuals will access the right support to meet their specific needs via a new ‘Employment Advice Gateway’. We will also work with partners across Wales to support those furthest from the jobs market particularly those with mental and physical health issues, to build confidence as well as remove barriers including transport, housing and care. We will support the economically inactive to find sustainable, good quality jobs.” Deirdre Hughes is acting as ‘an expert adviser/critical friend’ to Careers Wales and the Welsh Government in the planning and design of the Gateway initiative.
Through a strong cross-Welsh Government approach, there is a commitment to helping everyone to see their value in society while being valued by others. This involves work with school leaders, teachers, parents, school governors, universities, local authorities and regional education consortia to drive up standards and achievements in schools and colleges across Wales. The cornerstone of the Welsh Government’s education action plan – Education in Wales: Our National Mission is a commitment to develop a new curriculum which will provide young people in Wales with higher standards of literacy and numeracy, as well as better digital and bilingual competence, enabling them to develop into enterprising and creative thinkers.
The role of careers advisers working closely with individuals and organisations is at the forefront of the Employment Advice Gateway initiative. Watch this space!