Conference Workshops

Please select one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop by clicking on the link here from the choice below. You will need to have purchased a Conference ticket to proceed with your selection.

Allocation of spaces to workshops will be done on a first come first served basis, and due to space a certain number have been allocated for each workshop. We will share all documents and action points from each workshop with all delegates.

Please find below a summary of the workshops below:

Morning session

1a. A Vision for Sport in Wales – Activating Future Generations

Presenter: Sarah Powell, Sport Wales

The Welsh sport sector has taken a major look at how it will work in the future. Over the last 9 months, a national conversation with public, private and third sector organisations, the general public and many others has helped refocus the direction and impact that sporting activity will make on people across the nation

Education was a particularly emotive and prominent theme.

So what will the new Vision for Sport in Wales mean? And how can a team approach engaging with education, training and skills providers - help activate future generations?

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1b. Innovation in skills recognition to deliver business and career growth

Presenters: Chris Kirk & Dora Timar, City & Guilds

Digital Credentialing is providing employers, educators and associations with a technology which enables more agile and responsive skills recognition, to meet local and global labour market challenges. We will share a number of live examples that will bring to life the opportunities for organisations to embed credentials into their strategies, in order to grow their business and help develop the careers of individuals.

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1c. High Standards, High Value – key technology questions Governors and senior managers should ask

Presenter: Alyson Nicholson & Paul McKean

Is your college taking full advantage of the benefits that digital technologies offer? Doing so will help it to become more competitive and sustainable, provide an excellent learner experience and help equip learners with the skills employers require in an increasingly digital age. This session will introduce Jisc's new guides that address such issues and identify key questions every college leader and governor should ask.

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Afternoon session

2a. The role of qualifications in the local and global market and the challenges for Wales

Presenter: Dr Rachel Heath-Davies, Qualifications Wales

This workshop will discuss the frameworks used across different countries to ensure the portability of qualifications, as well as discussing the ways in which qualifications can (and do) cross boundaries. We will also present our findings from international comparison studies and discuss the opportunities and challenges for colleges.

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2b. Building a better Wales - lessons from Europe on skills and resilience

Presenters: Phil Whitney, Ian Pegg

Topics for discussion in this workshop will include: Are systems in Wales responsive enough to meet the needs of all learners and changing demand patterns and trends? How well do VET stakeholders in Wales work together to ensure that provision is fit for purpose? Is government and industry funding appropriately invested in Wales? Is there enough emphasis on higher level skills in the current system to support resilience in the Welsh economy?

2c. Wales on the World Stage - Inspiring Skills Excellence

Panel: Andrew Clark, Dafydd Evans, Paul Evans, Alys Evans & Gethin Johnson 

Wales has enjoyed remarkable success at World Skills competitions in recent years and interest and registrations continue to grow year on year. With Wales now accounting for nearly 20 percent of registrations for World Skills competition across the UK, this workshop will discuss how can we make the best use of our success and what we have learned along the way?

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Each workshop will be asked to feed back their ONE priority for action in these areas and TWO suggestions for their implementation.

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