Skills and employability

Our vision is to support growth in providing highly skilled, quality jobs across Wales and to produce graduates that are able to demonstrate and communicate their value to prospective employers – in Wales and further afield.

We have three long standing priorities where we expect higher education providers to focus their effort:

  • Work placements and work experience
  • Employer approved courses
  • Embedding employability skills across all higher education curricula

Skills and employability cuts across a number of different policy areas such as learning and teaching, widening access, and innovation and engagement.

Meeting the needs of Wales

Regional skills partnerships (RSPs) are local government led partnerships tasked with analysing economic challenges and likely growth areas to identify the local and national skills needs in partnership with employers and education and training providers. The Welsh Government has developed three RSPs to identify and respond to the skills needs of Wales. We encourage all higher education providers to engage with the RSPs and, where appropriate, inform and respond collaboratively to the RSPs’ annual skills plans.

In 2015 we published a document, Insight into Employability: how universities hone graduate skills to provide an insight into some of the initiatives that demonstrate how universities in Wales are honing graduate skills to meet the demands of the labour market locally, nationally and internationally.